Stating that people of Kashmir have proven amply that they are the real masters of the destiny of the state, Peoples Democratic Front (PDF) president and MLA Khansahib Hakim Mohammad Yasin today said that it was the right time for New Delhi to initiate a dialogue with all the stakeholders in the state so that more alienation and destruction is avoided.
In a statement issued to press here, Hakim Yasin said, “People have amply proven that they only are the masters of the destiny of this state. It is high time that the Government of India understands the ground realities and initiates a meaningful and time bound dialogue with all the stakeholders at the earliest so that more alienation and destruction is avoided.”
Terming the current situation in Kashmir as alarming, he said, “After the recent violence on by-poll day in Budgam and Ganderbal districts in which eight civilian lives were lost, the situation in Kashmir Valley has become alarming. It is to be seen whether the candidate who wins the Srinagar Parliament seat despite abysmal voter turnout goes to the Parliament or not. It is upto his conscience.”
“With the kind of resentment shown by the people, the role of the winning candidate is to be seen. If at all he decides to go to the Parliament, what role he will play there is to be seen as it is a tough challenge for him,” the PDF chief added.
He said that the dialogue was the only way forward to settle issues on both internal and external fronts, “Kashmir issue is the root cause of problem between India and Pakistan and without its solution the peace in south Asia will remain a distant dream. It is duty of the leadership of both the countries to take the Kashmiris into confidence and settle the issue according to their aspirations once for all,” Hakim Yasin said.
He said it is Kashmiris who is the worst sufferer because of hostilities between the two countries. “Violence is no answer to any issue. Non-seriousness of Indo-Pak to resolve the Kashmir is the main reason for the present mess Kashmir is in,” the MLA Khansahib added.