Congress leader Saifuddin Soz advocated on Tuesday the four-point formula suggested by former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf as a solution to the Kashmir issue, saying it can be fine-tuned to the present needs of the stakeholders.
“While all the stakeholders will express ideas as they wish, we could also subject the ideas of reviving Delhi-Agreement within the framework of what was known at one point of time as Manmohan (Singh)-Musharraf four-point formula for the resolution of Kashmir dispute,” the former Union minister said.
Soz said the elements of the formula were actually initiated during former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Musharraf deliberations but then in Singh’s tenure, the talks could not be taken forward due to the internal situation of Pakistan in 2007.
“The discussions around this point of time can also lead to fine-tuning of the formula to the needs of the stakeholders. It could now be characterised as (Narendra) Modi-Nawaz (Sharif) formula.
Fortunately, this formula does not entail defeat for the either of the parties to the dispute,” he said.
The Congress leader, apparently referring to separatists, said we must adopt democracy as our tool for achieving the necessary goal.
“It does not suit our present day needs and our future requirements, in political terms, to appear to be supporting extremism, much less the violence, as an instrument for seeking solution to our political problems,” he said.
He suggested discussions among the people of Kashmir followed by a discussion with people of Jammu and Ladakh to address the issue.