Anantnag, Jan 12: Urging New Delhi to accept Jammu and Kashmir as a political issue to won the hearts of people, president of the National Conference (NC) Dr Farooq Abdullah on Saturday said dialogue with Pakistan and within the state was the only way forward to resolve the Kashmir.
Former chief minister and MP from Srinagar constituency Dr Abdullah asserted that Kashmir is fundamentally a political problem and that only reconciliation and dialogue within the state besides with Pakistan can afford a way forward. Seeking mandate in the Assembly election the promised to work towards putting a stop to human rights violations in the state
“We cannot think of winning hearts of people by unleashing torments on people. The hearts of people can only be won if New Delhi accepts Kashmir as a political issue and re-start a time bound, result oriented dialogue process with all stake holders within and outside state,” Dr Abdullah at a public meeting at Khanabal in this south Kashmir district today.
Dr Abdullah said that he is hoping that a new government at the centre will initiate dialogue with all stake holders. “If New Delhi can be a part of unconditional talks with Taliban, why can’t it initiate an unconditional dialogue in Kashmir? The GOI previously held unconditional talks with different stakeholders in Kashmir during the tenure of late Atal Bihari Vajpayee but unfortunately the tempo could not be maintained,” he said adding that forthcoming government at the centre must initiate a dialogue on J&K both internally and externally.