Srinagar, May 13, (Scoop News)- Maintaining his stated doctrine that K-issue has political genesis and it requires political resolution, Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah Tuesday emphasized the need for continuing the ongoing back channel dialogue between India and Pakistan to move forward on addressing the long pending issue which has consumed generations.
Omar Abdullah was speaking as the chief guest at a discussion session organized by Kashmir University here, on the topic ‘Discussion between India and Pakistan on Jammu and Kashmir – a Historical Perspective’ in which Ambassador Satinder K. Lamba, presently spearheading back channel dialogue with Pakistan, delivered a key-note address and dwelt in detailed about the contours of a possible solution to the problem.
The Chief Minister observed that it is most important that the new government taking office in New Delhi carries forward the process of dialogue with Pakistan and takes ahead the progress made by Ambassador Lamba in this regard.
Omar Abdullah said that transitions in the administration in Pakistan have impacted the forward movement in the back channel dialogue more than those in India. He said the forward movement which we had seen during the time of President Musharraf was not at the same pace in President Zardari’s period. He said India looked forward towards the dialogue process with Pakistan both during the period of Attal Bihari Vajpayee and Dr. Manmohan Singh. He expressed the hope that the new government in New Delhi would not allow the dialogue process to die.
The Chief Minister said that K-issue is a long pending problem. “You cannot give any solution which will be acceptable to each and every citizen of the State. You have to work out a solution which will satisfy the aspirations of the majority of the people”, he said adding that though such a solution is difficult to sell yet this is only way-out in this regard.
Omar Abdullah recalled the Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah’s statement where under he had maintained that India and Pakistan needed to leave the rigid and stated positions on Jammu and Kashmir and find out a solution which would be addressing the aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir even if the two countries have to lose some of their stated positions in the process. Omar Abdullah said during his discussion with the then President of Pakistan Gen. Musharraf, Mr. Musharraf highlighted the importance of this statement of Sheikh Sahib in resolving the K-issue.
The Chief Minister said that dialogue process has two sides and the two parties with different positions have to come to a meeting point so that productive progress is achieved. He reiterated the necessity for addressing K-issue politically.
Omar Abdullah said that by the key-note address delivered by Ambassador Lamba on Indo-Pak discussion on Jammu and Kashmir, one gets the broader outline on which the blue print of solution of K-issue could be worked out. However, he re-emphasized the need of addressing the aspirations of the majority of people of Jammu and Kashmir while finding out any political solution to K-issue which he maintained is not any economic problem.
The Chief Minister said that the longevity of dialogue without any logical conclusion takes out all sheen out of it and people start disbelieving this process. He said that the discussion on Jammu and Kashmir between India and Pakistan has been a very long and un-conclusive affair. “This has made people apprehensive about the success of this process”, he said and called for efforts to make dialogue process productive.
The function was attended by Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy, Dr. Farooq Abdullah, various legislators, Vice Chancellor, Kashmir University, Talat Ahmad, faculty, students and members of the civil society.
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