‘Out of Box’ K-Solution Possible Now: Shah

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SRINAGAR: A prominent Indian civil society activist who is also part of Track-II dialogue with Pakistan says an out of box solution to Kashmir issue is possible as the political scenario is rapidly changing in South Asia and it will continue to change after the NATO pullout from Afghanistan.

The comments were made by Chairman of Centre for Peace and Progress O.P.Shah in an interview on Tuesday.

Shah said that the composite dialogue between Pakistan and India on Kashmir is expected to turn out to be more result oriented after India elects its new Prime Minister.

“A sea change is expected to occur soon after the general elections in India are over. The new Prime Minister, as per my knowledge will follow a policy that will boost the relations between India and Pakistan,” Shah claimed.

He said that track-II diplomacy or dialogue on Kashmir is going on and it has never stopped.

“Track-II diplomacy is a permanent feature of Indian polity and as far as Kashmir issue is concerned it is going at a rapid pace. I myself talked to many separatist leaders of Kashmir and the process is going on. We are waiting for the formation of the next government and once it will gets formed, things will settled down,” he said.

Shah said that the composite dialogue between India and Pakistan continued at every stage despite several ups and downs but unfortunately track record suggests that both countries remain unable to seek out practical and sellable solutions for the unresolved issues. He admitted that whatever has transpired, so far, between Pakistan and India with reference to the Kashmir issue has little conformity with the peoples’ wishes.

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