Omar Abdullah asks Pakistan for peaceful settlement of Kashmir tangle


London: National Conference leader Omar Abdullah has asked Pakistan to do some serious thinking on India’s concerns which will ultimately lead to peaceful settlement of Kashmir tangle. Abdullah said Prime Minister Imran Khan of Pakistan should take appropriate measures for initiating fruitful dialogue on the issue.

Abdullah who was here to participate in International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) said Pakistan’s decision to allow  Lashkar-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Saeed to  “roam free” has soured the relationship . Such an act has derailed the peace process. In addition to this, the release of postal stamps glorifying Kashmiri militants like Burhan Wani has adversely affected bilateral ties.

Dialogues are the only way out to resolve our differences between us, Abdullah said and added Pakistan must take into account India’s concern seriously and at right earnest.

He expressed his view that the chasm between government of India, the local administration and the youth of Jammu and Kashmir must be narrowed down for creating a better situation there.  The alienation of Kashmiri youth  has created intricacies for both India and Pakistan, the former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir said.

The National Conference leader said if the agreement between Musharraf and Dr Manmohan Singh had  worked, then the Kashmiris would have  gained peace for at least for 15 years.

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