ISLAMABAD:Bharatiya Janata Party leader and former Indian External Affairs Minister, Yashwant Sinha saying that Kashmir is a political issue has asked for its settlement through dialogue with Pakistan and Kashmiri people.
According to reporter, he also advised Indian army deployed in occupied Kashmir to return to their barracks.
Delivering a lecture on ‘Kashmir-Now and Way Ahead’ at an event in Hyderabad, the capital of Indian state of Telangana, Sinha said Kashmir is a political problem and the Kashmiri people want the dialogue process to begin as was promised to them. He asked for urgent talks to end bloodshed in the territory.
Former Indian Minister reminded the statement of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi that he gave on the country’s Independence Day in which he had emphasized that the Kashmir problem would be solved neither by abuse nor by bullets but by embracing all Kashmiris.
The BJP leader referring to the Kashmiri people said, “They are
looking forward to a beginning of a political engagement. But, the first task is to identify the internal stakeholders. Please make up your mind who the stakeholders are. They have to be identified.”
“Obviously the stakeholders will be political parties, civil society
groups, intellectuals, trade bodies, the youth, the various regions of Jammu and Kashmir,” he said, adding, “Then we will have to decide who the interlocutor will be.”
“It is time to begin dialogue process..because no human being wants
violence. People want peace,” Sinha said. He went on to add, “There is an urgency attached to it because people are suffering..”
Some time in future we will have to have a dialogue with Pakistan.
However, he added that it should not prevent India from beginning the dialogue process with Kashmiri people. He asked the Indian army to go back to the barracks and leave the operations to the CRPF and police.
Sinha said that he was against the excessive use of armed forces in controlling law and order situation including in occupied Kashmir.