Srinagar: National Conference vice president Omar Abdullah on Friday welcomed the proposed meeting of India-Pakistan foreign ministers in New York.
“Talking to the media on the side-lines of a party function in Leh,” the statement said, “Omar Abdullah reiterated the need for a sustained, structured and result-oriented dialogue between India and Pakistan.”
It’s an encouraging development that foreign ministers of both the countries have agreed to meet on the sidelines of UN General Assembly session in New York, Omar said. I expect good things to come out of it because its time for the leadership of both the countries to resolve all outstanding issues including that of Kashmir.
Emphasizing that there is no alternative to dialogue, the NC vice president said, “Seeking dialogue with Pakistan is based on our aspiration to see an end to instability, violence, death and destruction in Jammu and Kashmir. We have always sought dialogue both on the internal and external fronts and will continue to seek dialogue regardless of how such genuine and practical appeals are distorted. New Delhi and Islamabad need to restore the credibility and sanctity of the institution of dialogue. The state has witnessed enough death, destruction, mayhem and turmoil and we cannot delay the resolution of the problem any longer.”
Appealing for meaningful engagement between India and Pakistan, Omar Abdullah said there was no alternative to talks. “It is the responsibility of both the neighbours to rescue people in the state from a never-ending cycle of fear, pain and misery.