Islamabad, June 26 (KMS): The Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) has stressed the need for an inclusive dialogue involving all stakeholders to resolve the lingering Kashmir dispute.
The DFP Acting Chairman, Mehmood Ahmed Saghar, in a statement issued in Srinagar commenting on the recently held All-Party Meeting called by the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi in New Delhi, said the history of Kashmir bears testimony to the fact that such engagements end in smoke.
Criticizing the Indian government’s non-seriousness in resolving the Kashmir dispute, he said, “If India is really sincere in peaceful settlement of the dispute, it should release all illegally detained Kashmiri political prisoners, stop bloodshed and violence and cease military operations in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir forthwith to create conducive atmosphere for talks”.
Terming Kashmiris as the basic party to the dispute, he said the Kashmir conflict cannot be settled without engaging the legitimate stakeholders. He said, “As per the UN resolutions Pakistan is a key stakeholder in the Kashmir problem and it is naïve to think that any conflict resolution process can yield results without the proper involvement of key stakeholders”.
Describing dialogue as the civilized way to resolve the conflicts, Saghar said that Kashmiris had always supported the dialogue process aimed at finding a peaceful settlement to the dispute but the successive Indian governments had never been sincere in resolving the dispute.
Citing India’s policies of deceit and deception, he said, “Whenever India feels pressure from the international community it starts talking about dialogue, political engagements and resolution of the dispute just to ward off the growing pressures”. The All-Party Meet, he said, was part of the Indian government’s nefarious plan to create a false impression of normalcy in IIOJK.
“The meeting on the other hand was Modi government’s shameless attempt to lend legitimacy to its 5th August 2019 actions”, he said, adding that the Indian government must bear in mind that meeting a group of handpicked stooges won’t really change the ground reality. The ground reality is that Kashmir is an internationally recognized dispute that needs peaceful settlement in accordance with the UN resolutions, Saghar maintained.