Reacting to the statement made by Peoples Democratic Party Patron wherein he appealed New Delhi to take separatist leaders on board, former interlocutor and Chief Information Commissioner, M.M.Ansari Sunday that dialogue between Centre and Hurriyat leaders needs continuity and it should not end with one go.
“The timing of the Mufti’s statement is inappropriate as the UPA government is going to exist for only six months now and there are elections ahead. Dialogue between Hurriyat and Centre should be permanent and with a stable government,” Ansari told Srinagar based news gathering agency CNS adding that PDP facilitated the parleys between the two when it was in power.
Ansari said that it is not only Mufti Mohammad Sayeed but former interlocutors and other civil society members through backdoor channels too ask New Delhi to initiate dialogue with separatist leaders of Kashmir. “ We do believe that Kashmir is a complicated issue and it could be solved only through dialogue,” he said adding that Separatists should made their mind for a fruitful dialogue with the next government that would get formed in New Delhi after General Elections.
He said that it is unfortunate that Separatist leaders are not ready to have dialogue with in the ambit of Indian Constitution while New Delhi is not budging before their demand. “There must be consensus on certain points before New Delhi and Hurriyat leaders would initiate a dialogue. If both the parties are not ready to bow before each other, then it’s better to adopt a middle approach,” he said.
Former Interlocutor said that both New Delhi and Separatist leaders should shun dogmatic approach and join shoulders to resolve the Kashmir issue. “The resolution of Kashmir issue is in the interest of the sub-continent. Both India and Pakistan should take steps and both the countries should take people of Kashmir on board and find a viable solution to the vexed problem,” Ansari said.
While replying to a question, Ansari said that bifurcation or trifurcation of the State is not possible as this state is not like other States of the country. “Jammu and Kashmir is not like Andhra or Assam. It is the only State which have been divided into three countries, viz: India, Pakistan and China,” he said.