August 2016 News

PM's K-dialogue: Yes, Dialogue Is Key

22 August 2016
The Tribune (Chandigarh)
Seema Kaul and Vibha Sharma

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today emphasised on 'dialogue' and the 'need to find a lasting solution to the Kashmir problem within the framework of the Constitution'. His statement makes a significant departure from jingoistic statements by his party colleagues as regards the government's response to the unrest in the Valley ('no compromise with those indulging in violence,' as stated by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley). Following a meeting with Opposition leaders from Jammu and Kashmir, the PM asked all political parties to work together to find a solution to the Kashmir issue. The delegation was led by former CM Omar Abdullah. Modi appreciated the 'constructive suggestions' made by them at the meeting. Grateful to @narendramodi ji for taking out the time to receive the delegation from J&K and giving us a patient hearing beyond allotted time - Omar Abdullah (@abdullah_omar) August 22, 2016 'The statement by the PMO after our meeting says dialogue is necessary for a lasting solution, we are moving in that direction. We have welcomed the PM's statement and we said to him: wherever our support is needed for a lasting solution, we are there with you,' said Omar. He was addressing mediapersons after meeting CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury in the evening. A PMO statement said the government and the nation stood one with Jammu and Kashmir. The Prime Minister expressed concern and pain at the prevailing situation in the state. He said, 'Those who lost their lives during the recent disturbance are part of us, our nation; whether the lives lost are of our youth, security personnel or police, it distresses us.' He said all parties should reach out to the people. Reiterating his commitment to the development of the state and its people, he appealed for restoration of normalcy. 'The PM said development has its own role, but it cannot be the only solution. I agree that in such situations, political initiatives and dialogue are essential,' said JKPCC chief Ghulam Ahmed Mir. 'I told the PM that in the coalition government agenda, you talked about including all political groups in a meaningful dialogue with all stakeholders to build consensus. Had you taken that up earlier, this situation would not have come,' Mir said. CPM leader MY Tarigami said, 'We requested the PM to take initiatives to reach out to the people of Kashmir, which has unfortunately not been done for 44 days.' Thankful to Hon President Pranab Mukherjee Sahib for sparing time to meet the opposition delegation from J&K on Saturday. @RashtrapatiBhvn - Omar Abdullah (@abdullah_omar) August 22, 2016