Pakistan and India should resolve Kashmir issue to bring peace in region: Syed Ali Gillani

SRINAGAR: Calling upon India and Pakistan to “shun the traditional way of talks”, the Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani urged the leadership of both nations to “accept some change in customary attitudes” and resolve the Kashmir issue. “Time has come to address the root cause (of Kashmir) which is bigger than any other issue between the two neighbours and is stopping them to share the pleasant relationship,” Geelani said in a statement issued to GNS. He said time has come for India to shun its “rigidity and stubbornness” and adopt a democratic approach towards Kashmir. “It (India) also has to show seriousness and boldness in resolving the Kashmir dispute once for all. Until it shuns its meaningless rhetoric of ‘integral part’ and accepts the seriousness of the Kashmir issue, the Indo-Pak dialogues will yield nothing concrete,” he said. Geelani said until India and Pakistan take bold steps in resolving the Kashmir issue in accordance to the wishes and sacrifices of its people, no breakthrough can be expected from the talks in future. “Nor can it bring any considerable change in the mutual relationship of the two countries,” he said. (Kashmir Watch) TagS;