Would ask GoI to hold unconditional dialogue with stakeholders: Yashwant Sinha

Asserting that they had a fruitful discussion with people of various shades of opinion in Kashmir, former Union Minister Yashwant Sinha Tuesday said in Kashmir there is a deep yearning for a permanent solution and he believes that solution lies in the “bullets of love, not the gun.
Would ask GoI to hold unconditional dialogue with stakeholders: Yashwant Sinha
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Asserting that they had a fruitful discussion with people of various shades of opinion in Kashmir, former Union Minister Yashwant Sinha Tuesday said in Kashmir there is a deep yearning for a permanent solution and he believes that solution lies in the "bullets of love, not the gun."

Sinha, reiterated that they were not in Kashmir with some official mandate but purely on moral grounds to share the pain of people. Talking to reporters here, Sinha said that they met people from various shades in south, north and central Kashmir. "Let me tell you that everybody spoke their heart out. We had a very fruitful discussion with the people whom we met. There is a deep yearning for a permanent settlement of Kashmir issue," said the former Union Finance Minister. "I believe solution to Kashmir issue lies in the bullets of love, not gun. We are very optimistic and will impress upon the Government of India for an unconditional dialogue. We had rather advocated unconditional talks with all stakeholders in our previous report." 

Sinha arrived in Srinagar on Saturday on a five-day visit. He is accompanied by journalist Bharat Bhusan, Sushoba Barve of Centre for Dialogue and Reconciliation, former Chief Information Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah and former Air Vice-Marshal Kapil Kak. 

Pertinently, this time, the delegation didn't meet joint resistance leadership as seen in their earlier visit in October. They are wrapping their visit on Wednesday.

Asked whether their recommendations would make any difference as they don't have any official mandate, Sinha said that at times moral power is more powerful than the official mandates. "We are hopeful of a good result on our feedback. We haven't left the hope and are hopeful that there will be some good results," Sinha said. He, however, said that he can't assure the outcome of his visit.

"It's because of the fact that some recommendations made by us in our previous report were fulfilled, we are here again," he said. "We have started the process and we will take it forward. We came to Kashmir as the concerned citizens of India."

To a query whether unconditional talks should be held, Sinha said that they would stress for such talks when they would meet the Prime Minister Narendera Modi. "We will certainly tell him that Kashmiri people have gone through a lot of pain during the past 60 years. Majority of the people maintained that their pain was because of the pending Kashmir issue for the past six decades," Sinha said. 

He said they met groups (businessmen) and were hoping that they would talk about economic interests. "But they too stated that it was high time that Kashmir issue should be resolved. They urged us to play a role," Sinha said.

Pertinently, Sinha led delegation had arrived in Kashmir in October this year and met Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani and Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq. They, however, couldn't meet JKLF chief Muhammad Yasin Malik. This time, the delegation preferred to meet cross section of society and not the Hurriyat leaders.

Sources said that the visiting delegation would make a fresh report and try to persuade New Delhi for holding an unconditional dialogue with all the stakeholders including Hurriyat leaders. In the earlier report, the delegation had demanded ban on pellet guns and highlighted the excessive use of force on the protestors by the forces.

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