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With reference to the editorial New Delhi at his disposal (Our Take, October 8), J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah's statement — that Kashmir hasn't merged with the Centre but has only acceded to it under an agreement — is unwarranted.

india Updated: Oct 11, 2010 23:30 IST

There's more to do in J&K than make irresponsible statements
With reference to the editorial New Delhi at his disposal (Our Take, October 8), J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah's statement — that Kashmir hasn't merged with the Centre but has only acceded to it under an agreement — is unwarranted. He should refrain from making such contentious statements and instead work towards implementing the Centre's eight-point peace agenda for the Valley.
S.K. Khosla, Chandigarh

Make the right move in Kabul
The editorial Talking about a great game (Our Take, October 9) rightly emphasises the need for New Delhi to evaluate its strategic interest in Afghanistan, especially when the Afghan Taliban has offered to negotiate peace with all of Kabul's ‘stakeholders'. Pakistan's suggestion of including the Taliban in the soon-to-be-formed government in Kabul in not in accordance with America's Af-Pak policy.
H.L. Dhawan, via email

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America is equipping Pakistan with funds and arms so that it can defend itself against the Taliban. But Islamabad is openly supporting the Afghan Taliban. America should realise that Pakistan won't ever go against the Taliban, not even to just appease the Obama administration.
S.K. Shah, Delhi

Seize the opportunity
This refers to the report Accept Ayodhya verdict: Clerics (October 9). Accepting the Allahabad High Court's verdict on the Ayodhya dispute by both Hindus and Muslims will help establish long-lasting communal harmony in India. While it's impossible to compensate for the lives that were lost in the various communal riots in the past, the verdict has given an opportunity to end religious violence for good.
Insiya Shabbir, Karachi