Srinagar: A day after BJP signaled no talks would be held with the pro-freedom groups, PDP leader and minister for Education Syed Altaf Bukhari on Sunday urged the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to initiate an unconditional dialogue with all stakeholders for a lasting solution to Kashmir problem.
“What separates democracy from other political philosophies is the principle and practice of solving differences through inclusive and meaningful dialogue,” Bukhari said.
“Dissent is the essence of democracy. Exclusion of the voices of dissent is against the spirit of a democratic polity. A lack of inclusive dialogue can only add to frustration and over time, generate rejection and more rebellion,” Bukhari said during a visit to his constituency at Amira Kadal.
The minister for education observed that BJP was revealing a flip-flop policy on the resolution of Kashmir problem.
“Kashmir can’t have an economic solution. I wonder why our Prime Minister, with a historic public mandate, is shying away from his responsibility by not carrying forward the legacy of Vajpayee and a former Prime Minister who said ‘sky is the limit’ on the issue of Kashmir,” Bukhari said .
“The national leadership should hold talks with all stakeholders irrespective of their political beliefs and without any preconditions and fulfill its commitment given in black and white in the shape of agenda of alliance.”
He said the economic packages have never replaced the political necessities of engagement in Kashmir.
“We have been witnessing death and destruction that has virtually taken over everything,” Bukhari said
“They should also understand the serious implications of the situation that is eating into vitals of Kashmir,” he added.
Bukhari said that PDP forged an alliance with BJP just to resume the halfway left reconciliatory process and initiate talks aimed at resolving the decades’ old political uncertainty.
“PDP believes that inclusive dialogue is the only way out. Unfortunately instead of taking such an initiative, we have been made to believe that central government has a lackadaisical policy with regard to Kashmir. This perception needs to be changed on the ground,” he remarked.