Modi’s remarks on Kashmir situation draw mixed response

The statement of PM Modi, suggesting development as the solution of the current phase of unrest drew mixed response from the mainstream parties.
Modi’s remarks on Kashmir situation draw mixed response
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The statement of PM Modi, suggesting development as the solution of the current phase of unrest drew mixed response from the mainstream parties. 

The ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's statement on Kashmir situation and expressed hope that it would mark a fresh beginning in a sustained dialogue process to address the issues.

"We welcome the Prime Minister's intervention and hope that it will mark a fresh beginning in a sustained dialogue process for addressing the issues confronted by the state," senior PDP leader and Education Minister Naeem Akhtar said.

He said while similar initiatives in 2008 and 2010 were not carried forward, they expected that the Prime Minister's initiative on dialogue will be taken ahead. "We want the dialogue process to continue. We want it to gain momentum even when the present crises are resolved and things return to normalcy in the coming days," he said.

Akhtar said his party believed that dialogue is the only way to get Kashmir out of this crisis and allow its people to witness peaceful times. 

Opposition National Conference Tuesday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to understand that the present turmoil in Kashmir was not due to lack of development but unwillingness of the Centre to address the Kashmir issue. 

Reacting to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's speech, former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, who is also working President of the party, tweeted "Herein lies the crux of the problem – the unwillingness to accept that development doesn't solve all problems."

Omar was reacting to the Prime Minister's speech at Bhabhra in Madhya Pradesh where he said, "Be it the Jammu and Kashmir government under Mehbooba Mufti or the central government, we are finding solution to all problems through development."

Immediately after the Prime Minister delivered his speech, Omar had merely tweeted "finally" but, in a subsequent tweet, voiced his disagreement with Modi's view that development was the panacea for all problems, including the vexed Kashmir issue.

Reacting to the Prime Minister's assertions about Kashmir unrest, the Congress Tuesday said that Modi should participate in a debate on Kashmir in the Parliament rather than making statement in public rallies.

"This is unfortunate that he (Modi) breaks his silence after 31 days of the turmoil, that too during a rally in Madhya Pradesh, in which he did not even express a word of sympathy for the innocent people who lost their lives during the unrest in the Valley," a Congress spokesman said here. 

Expressing surprise over the assertions of the Prime Minister, the PCC spokesperson said that Prime Minister needs to address the issue politically rather than speaking in a rally on Kashmir.

MLA Langate Abdul Rashid Sheikh said Modi's speech has rendered Kashmiris hopeless and it has no takers. Rashid, in a statement, added that Mehbooba Mufti and others, hailing Vajpayee, should tell the people of J&K what was Vajpayee's solution to Kashmir dispute and what did he mean by saying "Jamhuriyat, Kashmiriyat and Insaniyat."

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