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Pak participation welcome step, but why delay in dialogue process: Questions NC, PDP

Srinagar, Dec 28: As the business delegations from Pakistan are set to make their presence at the biennial Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit, slated to be held from Jan 18, 2019, the regional mainstream political parties in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday termed it as a “welcome step.”

However, the two parties including National Conference (NC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) questioning the delay in initiating dialogue process, saying why the process is being halted by saying that talks and terrorism cannot go together.

National Conference (NC) provincial president, Nasir Aslam Wani told speaking to the media here said that the delegation from Pakistan visiting Gujarat after five years of gap is a welcome step, but one must ask why the dialogue process has been kept a side by saying that talks and terrorism can’t go together.

“While the visit of Pak delegation is a welcome step, the talks should also be started with the neighbouring country to resolve the Kashmir issue,” he said.

He said that besides opening of Kartarpur corridor and Pak delegation visiting Gujarat, the dialogue process should also be initiated so that the people here could heave a sigh of relief.

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief spokesperson, Rafi Ahmad Mir told the media that the step exposes the dual policy of New Delhi towards Jammu and Kashmir.

“We believe that such dual policy must be shunned and SAARC nations if start the business here in Kashmir that could also help in creating an atmosphere for initiating dialogue process.”

“We suggest that this dual policy must be shunned and start joint business activities in Kashmir and also hold dialogue in this regard,” he said, adding that Pak Pakistan delegation visiting Gujarat is a welcome step but the question arises why New Delhi is seeing Jammu and Kashmir through other prism and say that talks and terrorism cannot go together.