No alternative to unconditional dialogue with all stakeholders: Dr Farooq


Srinagar: Demanding unconditional dialogue with all stakeholders, former union minister and president of National Conference (NC) Dr Farooq Abdullah today said that for lasting solution to Kashmir issue, comprehensive talks with Pakistan was also necessary.

Dr Abdullah said there was no alternative to unconditional dialogue with all stakeholders in Kashmir as well as a comprehensive dialogue with Pakistan to find a lasting solution to the Kashmir Issue.

In a meeting with Former Union Minister and senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha led delegation; Dr Abdullah said New Delhi should acknowledge the growing costs of its refusal to acknowledge that a political problem exists in Kashmir.

The Central Government should waste no further time in extending an initiative of dialogue and reconciliation, said president of the main opposition in the Jammu and Kashmir,.

Appreciating the delegation’s efforts in reaching out to various stakeholders in the State, Dr Abdullah said the biggest challenge for the delegation would be to tide over the enormous trust deficit and restore the eroded credibility of the institution of dialogue.       

“Past initiatives have either been abandoned midway or treated with contempt by successive governments in New Delhi. This has created a sense of helplessness and hopelessness in the State, he said adding especially amongst the younger generation.       

However,he said to convince this younger generation about the sincerity of any future initiative remains the primary challenge.


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