Asserting that Kashmir was an outstanding issue requiring a political solution, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Wednesday said a dialogue process to address the external and internal dimensions needs to be started to resolve the matter.
"It (Kashmir) is an outstanding issue which needs to be resolved. It is a political issue and cannot be addressed through development, employment or good governance only," Omar said winding up the two-day debate in the state Assembly on the prevailing law and order situation in Kashmir.
Maintaining that separatists alone did not hold key to the resolution of the issue, he, however, said talks have to be initiated with them also.
"It is an issue between India and Pakistan in which Jammu and Kashmir was getting smashed in between. An external dialogue process has also to be started," he said.
The Chief Minister said nobody has been claiming that the talks should be focused on Kashmir only. "People from Jammu, Ladakh and Kargil, besides the Valley have to be involved in the settlement process and a solution acceptable to them and our neighbours (Pakistan) has to be found."