Govt announces Kashmir talks: Here’s how political leaders reacted
Kashmir saw a fresh wave of violence since July last year after government forces shot dead militant leader Burhan Wani.india Updated: Oct 23, 2017 19:24 IST
Kashmir saw a fresh wave of violence since July last year after government forces shot dead militant leader Burhan Wani.
On Independence Day this year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Kashmir’s problems could only be solved by embracing its people, not through abuse or bullets.
In a series of tweets, Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, whose People’s Democratic Party is an alliance with the BJP, welcomed the announcement. “Dialogue is a necessity of the hour and the only way to go forward,” Mufti tweeted.
Welcome the initiative of Union Government, appointing an interlocutor for leading a sustained dialogue with stakeholders in Jammu & Kashmir.— Mehbooba Mufti (@MehboobaMufti) October 23, 2017
Dialogue is a necessity of the hour and the only way to go forward.— Mehbooba Mufti (@MehboobaMufti) October 23, 2017
This dialogue initiative is in line with P.M @narendramodi ‘s 15th August speech ‘na goli se, na gaali se, Kashmir ki samasya suljhegi gale lagaane se’.— Mehbooba Mufti (@MehboobaMufti) October 23, 2017
National Conference leader and former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah said the government’s decision recognises the “political nature” of the Kashmir issue.
The acceptance of the political nature of the #Kashmir issue is a resounding defeat of those who could only see use of force as a solution.— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) October 23, 2017
Here’s how others reacted:
Aptt of interlocutor in J&K is indicative that realists in Govt have prevailed over Hawks.Hard Power is not an end but means towards an end— Manish Tewari (@ManishTewari) October 23, 2017
With appointment of interlocutor, I hope government has finally admitted 'muscular approach' has failed in J&K.— P. Chidambaram (@PChidambaram_IN) October 23, 2017
Men of establishment are responsible for #Kashmir mess and handing over job of talking to stake holders is no way political requirement.— Shujaat Bukhari (@bukharishujaat) October 23, 2017