India, Pak have no option but to talk: Bhat

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SRINAGAR: Senior Hurriyat Conference leader and Muslim Conference (MC) chairman Prof. Abdul Gani Bhat on Sunday said if strategies are not worked out, no breakthrough (over Kashmir) can happen.
“Kashmir dispute involves two major countries of the South Asian region – India and Pakistan – along with all the ironies of the subcontinent and therefore we will need an agenda with a masterly strategy to generate a propitious political environment,” Bhat said while chairing the “extraordinary” executive council members’ meeting at office headquarters Wazirbagh here.
Bhat said India and Pakistan are left with no alternative other than talks. He said the two nuclear countries desperately need a breakthrough with reference to Kashmir dispute. “If this sombre reality is not recognised on time, the consequences to follow may be disastrous.” MC chairman drew attention of powerful countries in South Asia on Kashmir dispute and cautioned that lapses on the part of India and Pakistan could lead to a very dangerous situation in the region. He said dialogue is the only way out for the two nuclear countries to ward off the ghosts of confrontation.
The situation in Kashmir, it was noted with concern in the meeting, has assumed monstrous dimensions where India and Pakistan will have to go beyond beaten tracks and find a way in the larger interests of peace and stability in the region.
“Let us not ignore that the bleeding wounds will never heal up by injecting poison in to the wounds,” Bhat said.