Kashmiri Politicians Call For Resumption Of Indo-Pak Dialogue1 February 2010
New Delhi: Speakers at an all-Kashmir conference on Monday called for resumption and consolidation of the stalled peace process between India and Pakistan. The daylong conference was organised by the Awami National Conference and chaired by Khalida Shah, daughter of late Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah. A resolution adopted at the end of the conference asked the two governments to facilitate travel for civil society members across the Line of Control to create an environment conducive for peace talks. Communist Party of India General Secretary D Raja said any solution suggested by India and Pakistan had to be accepted by the IHK population, stressing on a consensus within the region. He criticised those benefiting from instability in Pakistan. “If Pakistan becomes a failed state, it will be a problem for all of us,” he said, adding that no problem in the world could be solved without participation from India and China. Panthers’ Party chief Prof Bhim Singh credited late chief minister GM Shah for having authored an accord in 1975 between former premiers of India and IHK, Indira Gandhi and Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah, respectively. He called it a final document burying demands of autonomy and self-rule. He, however, said no solution was possible until the LoC existed. ANC President Khalida Shah urged the civil society to transcend political borders and build an environment of trust between the two sides. She called for a unified approach by Kashmiri political parties.