SRINAGAR: Welcoming A S Dulat’s assertion that returning to Vajpayee’s policy of reconciliation on Kashmir was the only way forward, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Friday, however, added that Dulat was himself responsible for sabotaging the confidence building process.
“Unfortunately, people like Dulat, who are today, projecting themselves as champions of dialogue and reconciliation on Kashmir are in fact responsible for sabotaging the confidence building process, one way or the other,” PDP chief spokesperson, Mehboob Beg said in a statement issued here today.
Beg said that by naming people who came forward for talks in his book, ‘Kashmir – The Vajpayee Years’ Dulat projected them “not as facilitators but as collaborators, thus impeding the very resolution process instead of helping it,”
“Dulat has named and projected in his book leaders from, both the separatist and mainstream camps, in a way, as if they were acting like agents of New Delhi and not as genuine political voices from Kashmir, who wanted the Kashmir issue to be resolved through a sustained political and reconciliation process,” Beg said.
“If the likes of Mr Dulat are blaming the local politicians for the mess in Kashmir, Mr Dulat and his ilk in Delhi are equally to be blamed for adding to the muddle for their own vested interests,” he said.
He added the former Union Home Minister, P Chidambaram, “who has today become a votary of reconciliation in Kashmir,” was known for his dictatorial and hawkish approach during 2010 unrest.
“If the Government of India would have taken some concrete confidence building measures after 2010 unrest in Kashmir, the situation would have not reached such an impasse,” he said and added that it is the time that the politicians and policy makers shun their personal and political expediencies and reach out to the people in Jammu and Kashmir to find