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Dialogue the only way forward: Dr Mustafa Kamal

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Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir National Conference Additional General Secretary Dr. Sheikh Mustafa Kamal on Monday asserted that dialogue between India and Pakistan is the only way to foster everlasting peace in Jammu and Kashmir.

In a statement issued from party headquarters Nawa-e-Subah, Kamal said that the animosity between the two neighbouring countries has held hostage the development of the sub-continent. “Our party has all along maintained that the dialogue between the two nations affords a way out,” he said adding, “Vajpayee’s Kashmir policy was more than a slogan unlike today. The common people of all the regions of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh are looking for a repeat of it. His vision had become a cornerstone of reconciliation efforts in Jammu and Kashmir that had opened the windows for achieving lasting peace and prosperity in J&K.”

The post 2019 policies of the ruling dispensation doesn’t identify with Vajpayee’s prudent Kashmir vision, he said. “On the contrary, the incumbent ruling dispensation has  successively pulverised democracy and electoral politics. The present regime has failed to establish  the centrality of the sentiments of the people of Kashmir in its dealing with the people of Jammu and Kashmir,” he added. 

Asking the incumbent government to walk Vajpayee’s path vis-a-vis Jammu and Kashmir, Kamal said, ” The major takeaway from the meeting of JK leaders with the PM Modi last year were his words of honour on removing ‘dil ki doori and Dilli ki doori’. So far nothing substantial has been done to achieve that end.”

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