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Parties dismayed over Pak talks

The acrimonious end to the foreign minister-level talks between India and Pakistan has triggered negative emotions both in the Valley and the Jammu region.

india Updated: Jul 17, 2010 23:36 IST

The acrimonious end to the foreign minister-level talks between India and Pakistan has triggered negative emotions both in the Valley and the Jammu region.

While the Valley is debating the future of Kashmir and the absence of Kashmiris in the dialogue process, Jammu politicians insist that unless Pakistan is made to rein in terrorism, talks cannot move ahead.

In the Valley, the opposition People’s Democratic Party, All-Parties Hurriyat Conference leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and People’s Conference leader Sajjad Lone expressed disappointment over the talks.

“There was no discussion on the issue of Kashmir. It seems other issues crowded it out. Nothing encouraging emerged for the people of Kashmir from the talks,” said PDP spokesman Naeem Akhtar.

The Mirwaiz said, “There are definitely other issues (between India and Pakistan). But we have maintained that an India-Pakistan dialogue can only be in the right direction if we see some changes on the ground.”

HTC, Srinagar