India, Pakistan need to invest in dialogue, not confrontation: Tarigami

SRINAGAR: Urging India and Pakistan to cut military spending and focus their investment on dialogue to resolve all outstanding issues, CPI (M) State Secretary Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami has said the confrontation in past over six decades has not yielded anything except for miseries and sufferings to the people in whole of the region.  

Addressing 19th death anniversary meeting of veteran Kisan Leader Abdul Kabir Wani at Kulgam today, the CPI (M) leader stated that there is a growing realization in larger sections of population in both the countries that dialogue is the only way out to settle all contentious issues and the leadership of the two countries must draw on the advantage of this consensus across the border.  “As the world is set to welcome New Year today I urge upon the leadership of the two countries to draw lessons from the hostilities between them and achievements they made through unfortunate skirmishes in last over 60 years.  India and Pakistan must prevail upon the negative attitudes integral to their domestic politics as it is in the interest of the whole region not to let hostile narrative to dominate their political discourse,” he stressed.   

The CPI (M) State Secretary observed in view of the present world order, it has become inevitable for the two countries to reverse their policy directions and the alternative lies in a massive hike in investment on dialogue and building bilateral bonds. “This will surely create significant new opportunities to sort out differences and contribute to the domestic demand in both the countries. A meaningful, sustainable and more inclusive dialogue can be set in motion with such an alternative policy direction.  This is all the more relevant in the present global context,” Tarigami opined.

He said, indeed, there are many challenges to pursue a result oriented dialogue, but a conscious and gradual approach is needed to remove the layers of negative disposition among the people, especially the political class in order to socialize them into a positive temperament. He added: “Off course it has to be a gradual process and it may take time but the change of attitude is possible.” He said in Jammu and Kashmir, people in general and the youth in particular have been the worst sufferers of decades’ old conflict between the two countries but to secure the coming generations, the leadership across the border need to stand up for a paradigm change in their respective positions.

The CPI (M) state secretary observed that if the two establishments fail to rise to the occasion, the people in both the countries may be forced to adopt alternatives to create prospectus of a better and assured future.

Meanwhile, while referring to the Pulwama firing incident which led to injuries to many civilians, the CPI (M) leader said it is unfortunate that instead of bringing culprits responsible for the avoidable incident to justice, the administration is furthering sufferings of people by imposing restrictions on them. “People in Pulwama are suffering for want of basic necessities and the restrictions imposed have created more sufferings for them,” he added.

Expressing regrets over passing away of Delhi gang rape victim, Tarigami said Kashmir too has many rape victims who still crave for justice and the government of the day must review the outdated laws in this regard. ‘It should be seen how to make the existing laws more stringent to tackle such crimes. Besides fast track courts should be introduced to dispose of the already pending cases of this nature. Above all the society needs to stand up against these crimes so that women feel secure and safe in their homes and outside.”

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