Guns will return if dialogue fails: Sajad Lone
Srinagar, June 2: Chairman Peoples Conference Sajad Gani Lone Thursday warned that guns would return to Kashmir if “civilized institution of dialogue” failed to yield any results to resolve the Kashmir issue.
“I am scared if civilized route of dialogue does not yield results, the next step will be taking up of arms and guns,” Lone said while addressing a conclave organized by Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) in partnership with Ministry of External Affairs.
Lone stressed on the need to address both internal and external dimensions of the Kashmir problem.
“But on the internal dimension, New Delhi decides who to meet and why to meet and it is not inclusive as it should be,” said Lone. “Stones and bullets cannot chase away India from Kashmir. India is a power. Let’s try to achieve the achievable. Let it begin with economic independence and terminology of sovereignty. We need to have interim solution to reach the final solution,” said Lone.
Lone lashed out at New Delhi-appointed interlocutors on Kashmir, accusing them of dissecting Kashmir into Gujjar and Paharis.
About his decision to contest polls in 2008, Lone said it was not a mistake and he would contest upcoming assembly polls too.
Speaking on the occasion, head of Interlocutors panel on Kashmir, Dileep Padgaonkar, said they have recommended to the government to create a conducive atmosphere in the state for talks.
“There is greater degree of anger and stifling atmosphere here. Mass protests should be allowed if they are peaceful. I believe democratic rights were being held in breach,” Padgaonkar said. “We are hopeful that our recommendations will be accepted and implemented.”
De-linking governance in the state from Kashmir problem, Padgaonkar said the panel’s reflection on governance does not intend to move away attention from the problem.
He reiterated his invitation to separatists to join the dialogue process. “Let’s not start the dialogue with any precondition,” said Padgaonkar
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