Srinagar, June 12, 2013 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, civil society members and politicians from the occupied territory have said that Kashmir issue cannot be resolved without taking Kashmiris on board in the dialogue process.
Addressing a seminar organized by the Centre for Peace and Progress (CPP) on Indo-Pak relations in Srinagar, they warned India of daunting challenges ahead against delay in Kashmir settlement.
Former member of Indian parliament, Abdul Rashid Kabli lashed out at Congress for dragging its feet from resolving the Kashmir issue and asked New Delhi to adopt a realistic approach towards resolving the issue before it is too late. “It is the right time for India to resolve the Kashmir issue or He warned that Kashmir would go from the hands of India if they do not adopt a realistic approach to resolve the Kashmir issue.
“India should see writing on the wall and take concrete steps to resolve the Kashmir issue before it is too late,” Kabli said. He said that Congress betrayed Kashmiris by not fulfilling the promises made with the people of Kashmir by their first Prime Minister. “It has been a tragedy with the people of Kashmir that Congress has been in power for a very long time. Congress is the only party responsible for lingering the Kashmir issue. We can’t blame any other party other than Congress,” he said.
Pro-India Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) legislator Nizamuddin Butt urged India and Pakistan to take people of Jammu and Kashmir on board to make the dialogue process uninterrupted. “Kashmir issue is the biggest hurdle in the way of political stability in South Asia,” he added.
Communist Party of India (CPI- M) leader, Muhammad Yousuf Tarigami stressed the role of international players in resolution of the Kashmir issue. Senior Vice-President of Jammu and Kashmir Awami National Conference Muzaffar Shah said no dialogue would be fruitful without the participation of the people of Kashmir. Spokesman of Jamaat-e-Islami Advocate Zahid Ali said stable peace could not prevail in absence of justice to the people.
Indian Supreme Court Lawyer, Shabnum Ghani Lone on the occasion said unless practical steps are not been taken to resolve the Kashmir issue conference are a futile exercise. Veteran Journalist Ved Bhasin while speaking on the topic said the Kashmir issue can’t be ignored under any circumstances by India and Pakistan. Congress leader Kham Lata Waklu and others also spoke on the occasion.
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