Dialogue Only Way To Resolve Kashmir: Sagar

Dialogue Only Way To Resolve Kashmir: Sagar

26 January 2013
Greater Kashmir
Muddasir Ali

Srinagar: The State Government Saturday told separatists that there was “no route except dialogue” to resolve Kashmir and they should present their viewpoint to New Delhi. “All issues of whatever nature can be resolved through dialogue and there is no route except dialogue,” said state Rural Development Minister Ali Muhammad Sagar after unfurling tri-color at Bakshi Stadium here. He said Kashmir has been witnessing destruction for past 20 years and the graveyards were filled with thousands of youth. Sagar said this should stop and those who belong to “different ideology” should realize that nothing could be achieved through gun. The Government had put in stringent security measures to ensure smooth R-Day function at the Bakshi Stadium-main venue of the celebrations in the Valley. This morning authorities suspended mobile phone and internet services all across Kashmir as a security measure. All roads leading to the Stadium were closed and no traffic movement was allowed around it. Sagar said Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has been reiterating to leadership in New Delhi that good relations between India and Pakistan would pave a way for resolution of Kashmir. He said there were moments like recent Indo-Pak skirmishes at LoC which threatened the relations between the two countries. “But our leadership didn’t allow the process to derail,” Sagar said. He said restoration of peace in Jammu and Kashmir was the “agenda” of the state government and it was a “key” for all activities like tourism and development. The minister said the state government was putting its best efforts to take the state out of difficult times. “There were disturbances like Machil (fake encounter) and Shopian (double rape and murder case). But last two years were peaceful and it raised hope among people about good times ahead,” Sagar said. In 2009, Kashmir erupted against double rape and murder of two women from Shopian allegedly by security forces. However an investigation by CBI later concluded that the two women had drowned. In the following year, more than 120 Kashmiri youth lost their lives to the firing by police and paramilitary forces. But, without naming anybody, Sagar said there were elements working against peace and wanted to see people suffer. “We congratulate people for reposing their faith in the government which has helped to take state on path of progress,” Sagar said. The minister enumerated various achievements of the government and said several measures have been initiated to tackle issues like unemployment. Later various contingents of J&K Police and its different wings, besides students of various educational institutions took part in the march past. R-Day functions were also held in different districts like Kupwara, Ganderbal, Pulwama, Baramulla, Bandipora, Anantnag (Islamabad), Kulgam, Leh and Kargil.