Secret Talks Or 'Out Of Box' Kashmir Solution Unacceptable: Shabir Shah

15 December 2015
Greater Kashmir

Srinagar: Reacting to the statements of Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Indian ambassador in Pakistan TCA Raghavan, the Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) chairman Shabir Ahmad Shah on Tuesday said that sidelining the Kashmir issue 'will complicate the issues instead of resolving them'. 'To put the Kashmir issue to backburner or to hold secret talks in this regard will obviously complicate the issues and as such, the dialogue process cannot move forward,' Shah, who continues to be under house arrest, said in a statement issued to press. Shah, however, made it clear that 'we are not against the Indo-Pak talks or the steps taken to initiate the Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) between the two nations but to expect the establishment of peace in South Asia without addressing the Kashmir issue is sheer foolishness'. Rejecting the 'Out of Box' solution, Shabir Ahmad Shah said that Kashmir dispute stands among the longstanding issues in the United Nations' agenda and no solution will be acceptable if the real stakeholders - the Kashmiris - are not taken on board in the dialogue process. Terming the statement of Indian ambassador in Pakistan TCA Raghavan as 'far from reality and incorrect', the DFP chairman said: 'When we talk of Jammu and Kashmir, we mean that territory which existed before the partition of India and the referendum is the solution to resolve the disputed status of the whole region.' He said the secret talks are nothing but 'deception' which 'will not yield any results' and reiterated that involving the Kashmiri resistance leadership in the composite dialogue process is inevitable. 'The border issue, mutual confrontation, trade exchange or Onion-Potato business cannot bring peace in the South Asia. India should acknowledge the disputed status of Jammu and Kashmir and should express willingness to take the real stakeholders on board,' he said.