Mr Jethmalani of India, who heads an unofficial committee on Kashmir formed in search of a settlement of the disputed state that could ensure lasting peace there, has painted a harrowing picture of the atrocities that the Indian security forces are committing in the Valley to preserve their illegal occupation. He has described these crimes as being worse than those of the Nazi era in Germany. In his view, if the kind of injustices to which the Kashmiris are being subjected continue unchecked, the people would feel compelled to find other ways of securing justice. One would have wished he had pointed to the surest way to free the Valley of the oppressive hold of New Delhi i.e. compliance with the relevant UNSC resolutions, which prescribe a free and fair plebiscite under UN auspices and to which India had agreed. Stories coming out of the Valley and documented by independent sources corroborate with the views of Jethmalani that not only laws of preventive detention, which have been made in the state, are not required, but they are also being abused. In this context, Human Rights Watch underscores the point that Indian laws give protection to the police as well as the army against illegal arrests, torture and killings carried out without first having recourse to law. The HRW has also understandably called for a review of these laws that are applicable in occupied Kashmir, in particular, and India as a whole, in general, because its security forces are applying more or less same tactics to curb the numerous insurgencies taking place there. As for his mission of life bringing about a solution acceptable to Pakistan, India and Kashmir Jethmalani is reported to have prepared a roadmap. He has held discussions with Kashmiri leaders, only some of whom have genuine patriotic credentials, met Pakistani leaders who asked him to design a settlement that meets the Kashmiris aspirations. His formula purports to be a mixture of four points of General Musharraf, self-rule of the Peoples Democratic Party of Jammu and Kashmir and autonomy of the National Conference. Obviously, it does not conform to the UN resolutions on the subject, and they alone could guarantee durable peace, the point Indian leaders with all pretensions to good intentions unfortunately miss. For Pakistan, the stakes are much higher, and India has added another dimension to the bitterness of bilateral relations by diverting waters that are, under the Indus Waters Treaty, fully assigned to Pakistan, undeniably with the aim of rendering it a vast tract of barren land. With this approach, it wants Islamabad to succumb to its pressure and accept the so-called atoot ang. It should not be too difficult for the world community, in particular superpower America and other powerful states, to understand that the issue of water is so grave that it can drive Pakistan to wage a war against India, that has the horrifying potential of ending up in a nuclear catastrophe. And to forestall that, Kashmirs solution on the basis of UN resolutions is imperative.