Involve Separatists In Talks: Mufti
27 July 2003
The Times of India
Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohommad Sayeed on Sunday asked Centre to involve separatists in the talks process to make it more meaningful and broad-based. 'We took up the issue of involving separatists and others in the talks process with deputy prime minister L.K.Advani in order to make it meaningful. We told him there is no cut and die or a ready-made formula. But it will only come through an evolutionary process', Mufti said while addressing a function after presenting prizes to the winners of Kashmir Open 2003 at the picturesque Royal Springs Golf Course. Cautioning the people against the enemy's design to derail the peace process, Mufti said they were committed to defeat the enemy within and outside. 'We would definitely defeat the enemy's nefarious designs and continue our fight for peace because the people are determined to restore normalcy. Sporadic incidents of violence may continue to take place but peace is bound to dawn here and bring back smile on the people's face', he said. Mufti hinted at an early resumption of dialogue between India and Pakistan for bringing peace in the region. 'The Indo-Pak dialogue can address the external dimension of Kashmir problem. But at the same time it is also important to address the internal dimension of the problem because the people of the state have developed stake in peace', he said. The chief minister said right environment for peace is building in the sub continent which needs to be strengthened. He asserted that there is no ready made formula to solve vexed Kashmir imbroglio and said solution would only emerge through an evolutionary process of dialogue. Exuding confidence that walls of hatred between India and Pakistan would fall one day, Mufti said people-to-people contact between two nations is already showing hopeful signs. 'Once a Pak hardliner Moulana Fazal-ur- Rehman on return home from India has made a significant statement that they (Pak) want to permit people of Jammu and Kashmir to live in peace without bloodshed. A right environment for peace is building which must be further strengthened,' he said. Making an impassioned appeal to all political parties to sink their political differences for the larger objective of achieving peace in J&K, Mufti called for a consensus among all political parties within the state on our strategy for restoration of peace. 'If there is a consensus on our policy on Kashmir at national level why can't we have a similar consensus within the state', he said and added that the people of the state have suffered immensely due to 12- year turmoil and they expect the politicians to deliver.