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Kashmir needs political solution: Farooq
Jammu & Kashmir

Kashmir needs political solution: Farooq

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Srinagar, Jul 11 : Reiterating that Kashmir was a political issue and needs a political solution, former chief minister Dr Farooq Abdullah on Thursday said no stake holder should feel betrayed from the outcome of the solution.

"We have to find a permanent solution of the issue to the satisfaction of all the stake holder, including India and Pakistan," the president of the National Conference (NC) Dr Abdullah told reporters after paying floral tributes and offering fateha to his mother Begum Akbar Jehan on her 19 death anniversary at Naseem Bagh on the bank of Dal Lake in Hazratbal today. Member of Parliament (MP), representing Srinagar constituency, Dr Abdullah and large number of other NC leaders and workers paid tributes to Begum, wife of Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah.

He said that Kashmir is a political issue which needs a political solution in a way that no party--India or Pakistan- should feel betrayed. Dr Abdullah said, "A political problem requires a political solution just like Kashmir requires one, adding that all the three region of the state—Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh—should also acknowledge political solution to the issue.'

Dr Abdullah had, meanwhile, urged the Centre to hold talks with all stakeholders in the state and open channels of dialogue which could led successful outcome.

Quoting Governor Satya Pal Malik, he said on June 22, he (Governor) had said the Hurriyat was ready for talks. Dr Abdullah said he believes that BJP should use its massive mandate to solve the protracted issue of Jammu and Kashmir.

There is no other alternative to dialogue. It is the institution of dialogue that will commit both to listen, reflect and question in order to reach a greater understanding. It is an apt time for the Centre to open all channels of dialogue with the Hurriyat. We have been hearing the Catch-words of “Kashmiriyat, Jamhooriyat, and Insaniyat” for long now, however, nothing substantial was done to materialise them.”

He further added, 'BJP led central government should without much delay tread the path as shown by the late Prime Minister Vajpayee. The Centre should move in that direction and hold talks with all stakeholders in the state on the principles advocated by him. The measure of opening dialogue with all the stakeholders will certainly act as a catalyst for restoring peace in the ill-fated state of ours. It is high time for BJP to turn its massive mandate into an aggressive engagement with all the stakeholders.'

Emphasising the need for a dialogue he said, 'The central government should also address to the external dimensions of the issue and use the method of tact and diplomacy. The central government should continue with the good work done by former prime minister Manmohan Singh. Pakistan too should attend to the genuine grievances of India. The much touted ‘Neighbourhood first’ policy of the BJP-led central government would not be able to give India much anticipated diplomatic dividends, if neighbours are left out on this front.

Dr Abdullah said, 'I believe that India and Pakistan bonhomie is indispensable for the fight against terrorism. The new government at the Centre, with a far bigger mandate, will certainly earn more esteem, if it is able to bring peace in the region. Now it is for the central government to consider, if it wants to go down the lane of history as a government that wasn’t able to find a solution to the longstanding problem plaguing the region.' (UNI)