Omar’s advice

Chief Minister Omar Abdullah’s belief that a political dialogue on Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) issue that is one-sided will be pointless is stating the obvious. It is a well recognised fact that the Jammu & Kashmir issue has three principal parties – people of Jammu & Kashmir, India and Pakistan. Given this indisputable reality it is only obvious that a meaningful trilateral dialogue between these three parties will ultimately help in breaking the ice on this long pending issue. What is also indisputable is that the role of the parties like Omar Abdullah’s National Conference is critical too, to make such a dialogue process fruitful. It is a well recognised fact that it may not be possible for the Hurriyat alone to strike a deal with Islamabad and New Delhi on the J&K issue and then sell the same to the people of the state. Parties like National Conference have a responsibility too in engaging in such a process and ensuring that it does not work at cross purposes in such a dialogue process. Interestingly, over the last few months the dialogue process between India and Pakistan on issues other than J&K seems to be gaining some momentum, and there seems to be some degree of facilitation or support for the current dialogue between Hurriyat (M) and Islamabad. As a natural consequence, one would expect this process to extend to a Srinagar-New Delhi dialogue, which would not only include the Hurriyat (M) but also other critical political actors of the state. However, for that to happen, an internal consensus building would be a must in J&K, and for that political parties and the people of the state have a formidable task at hand. For a peaceful, prosperous and secure future for the future generations of J&K, engagement is the key. For a political engagement to be fruitful one presumes individuals like Omar Abdullah are aware how critical their support to such engagement and an eventual conflict resolution is.

Lastupdate on : Fri, 21 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 21 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sat, 22 Dec 2012 00:00:00 IST

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