Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Tuesday said that the policy of the Government of India towards the resolution of Kashmir has changed from its previously stated position.
Omar was addressing a seminar entitled ‘Discussion between India and Pakistan on J&K- A Historical Perspective’ here held under the auspices of Institute Of Kashmir Studies, University of Kashmir.
He said, “Who says that government of India has adhered to its old position on Kashmir issue, the policy of New Delhi towards the resolution of Kashmir has changed a lot.”
Chief Minister said that earlier the Government of India had given a clear mandate to the Parliament for integrating the two parts of Kashmirs on the either sides of the LoC.
“Government of India is now considering to make the borders irrelevant” he said, justifying tacitly the changed stance of the Government of India.
Castigating the BJP’s Prime Ministerial Candidate Narendra Modi, Omar said that if the thoughts expressed by Modi during his election rallies are transformed into Government policies, then “God must come to the rescue of India”.
The seminar was also attended by the Special Envoy of the Prime Minister of India, SK Lambah.
Omar Abdullah emphasized the need for continuing the ongoing back channel dialogue between India and Pakistan to move forward on addressing the long pending issue which has consumed generations.
Omar observed that it is most important that the new government taking office in New Delhi carries forward the process of dialogue with Pakistan and takes ahead the progress made by Ambassador Lambah in this regard.
Omar Abdullah said that transitions in the administration in Pakistan have impacted the forward movement in the back channel dialogue more than those in India. He said the forward movement which we had seen during the time of President Musharraf was not at the same pace in President Zardari’s period. He said India looked forward towards the dialogue process with Pakistan both during the period of Attal Bihari Vajpayee and Dr. Manmohan Singh. He expressed the hope that the new government in New Delhi would not allow the dialogue process to die.
The Chief Minister said that K-issue is a long pending problem. “You cannot give any solution which will be acceptable to each and every citizen of the State. You have to work out a solution which will satisfy the aspirations of the majority of the people”, he said adding that though such a solution is difficult to sell yet this is only way-out in this regard.