One-sided talks won’t resolve Kashmir: Omar

‘Hurriyat (M) Must Start Unconditional Dialogue With Delhi After Pakistan Visit’


Srinagar, Dec 20: Expressing happiness over the Hurriyat (M) initiative of starting dialogue with Pakistan, the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Thursday said the amalgam should initiate unconditional talks with New Delhi after their Islamabad visit as “one-sided dialogue won’t resolve Kashmir issue.” He asked the “opponents of dialogue” to revive their policy, stating that no issue can be resolved without parleys.
Addressing an impressive gathering at Zainakadal area of old city here after inaugurating a bridge, Omar said he was happy over the initiative taken by the Hurriyat (M) to visit Pakistan and start dialogue process. “Many efforts were made to resolve Kashmir. Even 20-year long militancy couldn’t resolve it. On the contrary, it made issues difficult,” the Chief Minister said. He did not address the people from the decorated podium and preferred to sit closer to the people.
“Dialogue is the only way to resolve issues. Hurriyat’s Pakistan visit is a good beginning. They should not remain under the impression that holding parleys with only Islamabad would resolve the issue,” said Omar, flanked by Law Minister Ali Muhammad Sagar.
“I hope Hurriyat will begin unconditional talks with New Delhi soon after their Pakistan visit. Talks should be held with both India and Pakistan simultaneously so that something is achieved.” Heavy security arrangements were put in place in the area to ensure a smooth function.
The Chief Minister said the Kashmiri leaders who are in Pakistan at present should put forth their views before New Delhi too “so that a solution as per the aspirations of people is reached.” Without naming Hurriyat (G), the Chief Minister said the “opponents of dialogue should revisit their agenda.”
“This is after a long time that any leader from National Conference has made a speech in an area once dominated by late Mirwaiz Muhammad Yousuf Shah and Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah. This area has people having only two ideologies- NC and that of the Mirwaiz family,” said NC minister Ali Muhammad Sagar on the occasion.

Lastupdate on : Thu, 20 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 20 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Fri, 21 Dec 2012 00:00:00 IST

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