Indo-Pak Need To Initiate Dialogue: NC

SRINAGAR: National Conference on Monday said that India and Pakistan need to sit at the table and share each others perspectives, no matter how difficult the issues are, including extremism that damages the bilateral relations.

In a meeting with Alex Pykett Head of Foreign & Security Policy Team & Deepi Jyoti Barman Political Adviser from the British High Commission In Srinagar, Tanvir Sadiq Political Secretary to Working President stressed the need that both the countries continue to engage them in a peace process and hold regular Comprehensive Dialogue Process (CDP) and take Confidence Building Measures (CBMs).

“Both India and Pakistan should initiate CBMs to such an extent that there is hardly an iota of suspicion, many lives have been lost and it is time that both understand there is serious urgency in resorting to both Track-II diplomacy and direct engagement,” said Tanvir, according to an NC statrement.

Tanvir said that an atmosphere of skepticism and hopelessness surrounds the valley and until and unless India and Pakistan sincerely take bold initiatives and restore the faith in the institution of dialogue, things will become even more complex.

“The first challenge is to restore faith in the institution and processes of dialogue and engagement,” said Tanvir.

Tanvir said, “unfortunately, even today the Center is unwilling to accept the gravity of the situation.”

“New Delhi’s total lack of understanding of the conflict, seeing it through the prism of might and power is alienating the people of Kashmir further” said Tanvir adding  Pakistan is fishing in troubled waters. We know that, but the situation of 2016 was not of Pakistan’s creation. We need to come out of this denial that last year’s uprising was Pakistan engineered,” he said.

“We first and foremost need to wake up to the reality that Kashmir is a political problem. It has economic overtones, it has security overtones, but the root of it is political. When we recognize it is a political problem, then solution will follow” Tanvir said.

“The escalation at the borders is a huge problem” the political secretary said that Kashmiris are the primary victims of any escalation, diplomatic or military, between India and Pakistan. Not only are thousands of people forced to abandon their livelihoods and the education of their children, but it inflicts psychological wounds on generations which no medicine can cure. “Most importantly, it prolongs the sufferings in Kashmir,” he added.

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