Revisiting Dialogue

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Dialogue is an important instrument to solve tough issues. We are very well aware that due to very less dialogue between conflicting ideologies Kashmir dispute has taken its deadly toll on progress of South Asia with Kashmir bearing the worst brunt.

Many have opined that Kashmir is heading to disaster if no dialogue takes place and it seems that the prominent political forces have   realized the need and importance to restore links and path of dialogue to give some relief to the pain hit masses of Kashmir.

PDP Leader and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, has urged dialogue with Pakistan is must. Mufti, who runs  the state government in alliance with the  Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), recently said that there was no other option to stop the “bloodshed” in the  region in the wake of a deadly  attack on an army base in Jammu city.

“We have fought three wars (in 1947, 1965 and 1971) and have won all of them, even the [1999] Kargil war. But our basic problem has not been resolved. There is no alternative to talks,” Mufti told the state assembly.

Senior  BJP leader Ashok Koul recently while talking to a daily newspaper once again reaffirmed need for dialogue he was making comments over statement of Public Works Minister Naeem Akther in which he said that China was now a “major factor” in Kashmir issue. The senior BJP leader said, “People should not be taken for a ride by giving such statements.”

He said that role of Pakistan in Kashmir has been established time and again. “Talks with Pakistan are the only option and China should not be made another party,” Koul added.

Mushtaq ul Haq Sikandar, a political analyst states –

“Dialogue is the civilized away to solve the issues. We have seen worst times and often painful episodes due to absence of structured dialogue. The institution of dialogue is the only way to settle the vexed issue of Kashmir. Renewed call for dialogue from different quarters is a step in right direction and we hope it is given practical shape soon.”