Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir government on Sunday urged pro-freedom parties to hold dialogue with New Delhi to resolve the Kashmir issue.
“Our government has made it clear from the beginning that issues can’t be resolved through violence, guns and grenades but through dialogue only. Unfortunately some people are hesitant or afraid of holding a dialogue. Separatists should come on the table and realise that there has been enough bloodshed,” the Minister for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Ali Mohammad Sagar said while addressing the R-Day function at Bakhshi Stadium here.
Sagar said at a time when Indo-Pak dialogue is in process, there is need for a dialogue between Jammu and Kashmir and New Delhi as well.
“Separatists should think over it and put their political thought on table if they care about the people. New Delhi had always kept its doors open for dialogue, and there should be positive response from separatists as well,” Sagar said.
He said that to end the political uncertainty in Jammu and Kashmir, the Omar Abdullah government has made its policy clear from beginning that issues can be resolved through dialogue and by winning the hearts of people.
“We want that there should be strong relations between India and Pakistan, and we are thankful to Prime Minister of India for continuing the dialogue process with Pakistan despite attempts by some people to derail it by creating tension on borders,” said Sagar.
He said whenever there is tension between India and Pakistan, it is people of Kashmir who suffer most from it, “and with good relations between these two countries, people of state will benefit.”
Sagar claimed the government has made efforts to bring down the graph of human rights violations in the state.
“Human rights violations should not be tolerated as they bring alienation among people. Chief Minister Omar Abdullah made it clear to every stakeholder that there should be no human rights violations in the state,” said Sagar.
He said the government wants to improve the situation in the state and as part of it they gave amnesty to more than 2000 youth involved in stone pelting and brought back 305 ex-militants from Pakistan under their rehabilitation policy.
Without naming anyone, Sagar said that some people don’t want their government should get the credit for “development and progress” achieved in the state.
“These people have either closed their eyes or they don’t want to see our developmental works. They have embarked on a campaign to malign us and discredit our government for its achievements,” said Sagar.
Earlier, Saga unfurled the tricolor and inspected a guard of honour and took salute of the parade, in which contingents of BSF, CRPF, ITBP, J&K Armed Police, IRP, women’s police force, district police, NCC, Fire & Emergency Services, and students of various government and private schools participated.