Left wants GoI to bring Pak to discussion table on Kashmir

New Delhi: Ahead of the all-party delegation’s visit to Kashmir in the wake of ongoing unrest, Left parties today asked the Government of India (GoI) to bring Pakistan to the discussion table, besides holding talks with other stakeholders including Hurriyat leaders to find a “final solution” to the problem.
Speaking to media persons after a consultation meeting with intellectuals here on the Kashmir issue, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury and his CPI counterpart Sudhakar Reddy also urged Hurriyat leaders to discuss their positions with the delegation to find a solution to the problem.
“A final solution to this (problem) cannot happen without engaging with Pakistan. Yes, Pakistan’s involvement in cross-border infiltration, terrorism… On that all of us have said unitedly that the country as a whole will face it”.
“But at the same time, the engagement with Pakistan is also important,” Yechury, who is part of the 30-member delegation, said.
On asked whether inviting Pakistan to come to discussion table will mean converting the issue as one associated with Pakistan and not India’s internal matter, Yechury said “the Kashmir dispute is between Pakistan and India”.
“(However) there is no scope for third party involvement nor there is a requirement. This is an Indo-Pak dispute,” he said.
To a question, Yechury said the NDA government itself had taken this position of holding dialogue with Pakistan “embracing all issues including that of Kashmir”.

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