Mainstream Upbeat

7 December 2015
Greater Kashmir
Abid Bashir

Srinagar: The ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) today said the resumption of talks between India and Pakistan is a welcome development. 'We believe that Prime Minister Modi would play Atal Bihari Vajpayee on Kashmir. We are sure that talks between the two nations would bear fruit this time around. The only thing we are concerned about is that dialogue has to be sustained so that vested interests who have time and again played spoilsport don't get a change to disrupt the atmosphere,' said PDP's Chief Spokesman Mehboob Beg. PDP's ally BJP asserted that resumption of talks between India and Pakistan is Prime Minister's reply to his critics that he was averse to dialogue. 'The fact remains that Modi is following the footsteps of Vajpayee and we hope that there will be friendly ties between the two countries that would ultimately benefit the people of India and Pakistan,' said BJP spokesman Khalid Jehangir. The opposition National Conference said the two countries have decided to find solution of issues through dialogue. 'We hope the two nations start a meaningful exercise with special focus on Kashmir issue, which is the bone of contention over the past six decades,' said NC General Secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar. 'The only thing is that dialogue has to be focused and not just a time-pass exercise.' State Congress chief Ghulam Ahmed Mir said that if the talks are aimed at resolving issues 'we welcome it.' 'When UPA-I and UPA-II started dialogue with Pakistan, the same BJP trained guns at us and labeled us traitors. Let us now see what policy the BJP would follow while having talks with Pakistan,' Mir said. 'Thank God, BJP arrived at a conclusion after 18 months of enjoying power that talks are must. Otherwise, this party was only talking about showing 56-inch chest to Pakistan.' Independent legislator Engineer Abdur Rashid said that he has no expectations from any dialogue unless New Delhi accepts Kashmir as a dispute. 'What is the fun of talking when you don't admit the fact that all tensions are because of Kashmir,' he said. CPI (M) State Secretary M Y Tarigami said, 'Dialogue process between the two neighbours can remain uninterrupted only if it is not held hostage to domestic politics.' Peoples Democratic Front (PDF) chairman Hakeem Muhammad Yasin said, 'It is a good beginning as Kashmir is a political issue and only political authorities can solve it.' he said. National Panthers Party chief, Prof Bhim Singh, said the meeting in Bangkok was 'a hijack of the agenda from Tashkent (Russia) to Thailand which has been breathing under the shadow of USA.' 'There is an urgent need for the political parties to persuade Prime Minister NarendraModi to hold an urgent meeting of National Integration Council to solicit the views of the national leadership across the country on India's national unity and integrity with a clear message that whole of J&K has been, is and shall be an integral part of the Indian Union,' Singh said in a statement.