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'India using 11/7 to shy away from peace talks'

india Updated: Jul 23, 2006 19:12 IST
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Blaming India for putting talks with Pakistan on hold after the Mumbai blasts, separatist leader Shabir Shah on Sunday said that New Delhi was under pressure from international community to carry forward the dialogue process to find a lasting solution to the Kashmir imbroglio.

"Though the Mumbai train blasts are condemnable, making them a reason to put talks with Pakistan on hold shows India's lack of seriousness to solve the Kashmir issue," Shah, also the Democratic Freedom Party president, said.

He also urged the Indian government to make use of Pakistan's offer for help to tackle terrorism.

The Kashmir issue was the biggest hurdle in restoring peace in the sub-continent and hence the world community was pressurising India to carry forward the talks, Shah said.

Stalling the dialogue process would also shatter the hopes that Kashmiri people as well the South Asians had on the confidence building measures initiated between the two countries, he added.

Lauding the role of Kashmiri separatist leaders for entering into a dialogue with New Delhi, Shah said that despite UN's resolutions the leaders had shown a positive approach and farsightedness by entering into the tripartite talks.

"It should not be considered as our weakness but as our political maturity and farsightedness," he said.

However, he alleged that India had a negative approach to the "positive stance" adopted by Pakistan and the Kashmiri separatists and this had adversely affected the peace efforts.

Referring to the recent grenade attacks on tourists in the valley, he said it was a conspiracy and should be probed.