Dialogue offers should be sincere, not mere rhetoric: Tarigami

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SRINAGAR – CPI (M) state secretary M Y Tarigami has said the dialogue offer for resolving Kashmir should no more remain confined to rhetoric as the people can not afford any further delay in starting a meaningful and result oriented dialogue to settle issues related to Jammu and Kashmir.

Reacting to Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde’s statement on his willingness to hold dialogue with separatists, Tarigami said dialogue process between India and Pakistan needs impetus but simultaneously there is need to address the internal dimensions of the problem. He said dialogue between Indo-Pak will remain inconclusive unless the political aspirations of Kashmiris are included in the same. Urging New Delhi and Islamabad to give up rigidity vis-à-vis their stated positions on Kashmir and show statesmanship to resolve the problem for the prosperity and peace in the region, Tarigami said besides taking concrete efforts for rapid development across LoC, initiating a meaningful dialogue with the voices of dissent was inevitable for amicable resolution of Kashmir problem.

Tarigami said the role of people of Jammu and Kashmir cannot be marginalized and in this regard alienation among the people of the state be addressed with a sincere and lucid talks offer. “Also as a part of confidence building measure, all those prisoners not involved in heinous crimes be released and other internal dimensions of the issues related to Jammu and Kashmir must be viewed seriously to arrive at a successful and well accepted solution,” Tarigami demanded.

Taking a strong exception to the delay in implementation of 8-point formula recommended by Government of India last year in wake of summer unrest in which more than 117 civilians lost their lives, Tarigami said unfortunately there is no forward movement on revocation of Disturbed Areas Act and Armed Forces Special Power Act as was recommended under the formula.

Despite the significant improvement in the situation and a marked decrease in violence, the government of India’s response to the situation is somewhat similar to that of 1990’s. Tarigami said state government had announced a judicial commission into the killings of civilians during last summer unrest. “One year has passed government should inform the people that what happened to the inquiry?” he asked.

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