Shun muscular approach, initiate dialogue on Kashmir, PDP tells Modi

Shun muscular approach, initiate dialogue on Kashmir, PDP tells Modi
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Srinagar, Feb 4: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday asked the Government of India to learn from the situation emerging in Afghanistan and initiate a comprehensive dialogue process over Kashmir without delay.
PDP’s senior leader and former minister Naeem Akhtar in a statement issued from the party office reacted to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech that he made in Srinagar on Sunday, cautioning the Prime Minister that muscular approach vis-a-vis Kashmir is bound to fail and yield any positive outcome.
Modi while inaugurating several developmental projects in Kashmir on Sunday had stated that his government will continue to adopt tough approach in crushing the militancy in Valley.
However, according to Akhtar, such approach has never worked in Kashmir. “This has been repeated numerous times but nothing was achieved and nothing will be achieved because this is not the world where you can rely only on force,” Akhtar said, adding that even the top Army Generals have publicly cautioned against unifocal policy based on use of force.
“We have to learn from what is happening around the world including Afghanistan where there is a thrust on dialogue and Pakistan has been counted as a major partner. Dialogue is the only way forward and it is only through non-confrontational approach that we will be able to give our coming generations a safer and tranquil place to live. Making peace of graveyard prevalent and never worked and will never work,” Akhtar said.