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Posted on Nov 22, 08:40PM | UNI
Terming media posturing as a "futile exercise that can prove counter-productive," People's Democratic Party (PDP) patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed today called an New Delhi to go for a serious dialogue to address the internal dimension of the Kashmir issue.
Addressing a party workers meeting at Charar-e-Shareif in Budgam Mr Sayeed said a structural dialogue with all the stake holders was the need of the hour and New Delhi should shun its policy of taking event based initiatives to address the grievances of people in Jammu and Kashmir.
He said there is no substitute to resolving the Kashmir issue that has dampened the immense economic potential of the sub continent for decades and bruised the body and soul of the state.
The government of India must address the internal dimension of Kashmir issue by putting together all stake holders on table,' he remarked.
Referring to the lead taken by them Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 2003 during his visit to Kashmir, Mr Sayeed said it had come against a grim and potentially disastrous scenario as the two nuclear armies were in combat position following the attack on Parliament. He said the announcement made by Mr Vajpayee on April 18, 2003 at Srinagar was historic because he had extended the hand of friendship towards Pakistan at that time.
Mr Sayeed said the process of dialogue should not become a zero sum game as a result of partisan political interest.
He said the country has to respond to the pain and aspirations of the state in a positive manner and all sections of political opinion have to lend a helping hand in this endeavour.
The PDP patron said any progress achieved since 2003 on the diplomatic and political front on Kashmir issue internally or with Pakistan had become possible only because the UPA government had carried forward the historic initiatives taken by Mr Vajpayee.
'It is now the turn of the NDA, especially the BJP to stop viewing any dialogue with Pakistan with suspicion and lend support to the new efforts', he said.
Thr Peace process has to be driven by long-term goals of conflict resolution and cooperation rather than be confined to confidence building. In this context, he said while small steps like allowing the return of youth from Pakistan were welcomed, the Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) introduced in the past seem to have been neglected.
'The trade and travel across the LOC had virtually become a hostage to the hassles of procedure and the government of India should do everything that is needed to harness its full potential,' he added.