The National Conference president, Dr. Farooq Abdullah, has said there was a need to resolve the Kashmir issue by a composite dialogue between India and Pakistan and the people of Jammu and Kashmir on the either side of the border.
The former Chief Minister was speaking at a function to offer special prayers at the mausoleum of his mother, Begum Akbar Jehan, on her 19th death anniversary. The NC vice-president,Mr. Omar Abdullah, senior party leaders and a number of workers also offered special prayers at the mausoleum in Naseem Bagh in Srinagar.
'Kashmir is an issue between two (India and Pakistan) countries… it is also in the UN and, therefore, UN observers are located on both sides of the Line of Control,' Dr. Abdullah said. He urged India and Pakistan to resume dialogue and sought the two to initiate a dialogue with people.
'Dialogue is important to resolve the (Kashmir) issue. Whatever the results of talks with political leaders on the two sides of the border, it should be acceptable to all,' he said. Nothing other than a dialogue would lead to the resolution of the issue.
He said the people in all three regions, Kashmir, Jammu and Ladakh, should 'acknowledge' the solution that comes out of the dialogue process. India as well as Pakistan should not feel betrayed by the solution that comes out of the dialogue process.