Published: Thu, October 26, 2017
People | By Neil Grant

Kashmir talks: Centre's spl representative meets Mehbooba

Kashmir talks: Centre's spl representative meets Mehbooba

Interestingly, in the last session, Omar Abdullah, the then Minister of State for External Affairs, took over as the president of the party from his father Farooq Abdullah - who was the J-K chief minister then.

"Although, a sustained dialogue on Kashmir is the only peaceful method to address this problem unfortunately, India's track record has been treacherously discouraging and no talks could yield positive results without the involvement of the Kashmiris in these talks", he remarked.

The meeting was held at Kashmir House on Prithviraj Road here, they said. Rasheed said "Despite the fact that there are enormous beauties in the Indian state, it is a harsh reality that in Jammu & Kashmir these beauties have very little takers".

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Ram Madhav on Thursday hailed the Centre's decision to appoint Dineshwar Sharma as an interlocutor for Jammu and Kashmir, saying it depicts government's sincerity towards the state-related matters. The PDP's member of the Legislative Council, Yuvraj Vikramaditya Singh, who happened to be its Jammu face and also the grandson of late Maharaja, has resigned from the party in protest over non-fulfillment of this demand. He accused both the National Conference and Congress of compelling the Maharaja leave Jammu and Kashmir after signing the Instrument of Accession, adding that even his dead body was not allowed in the state.

The BJP will celebrate October 26, the day Maharaja Hari Singh signed the instrument of accession of Jammu and Kashmir with India in 1947, as "Vilay Diwas" and with the same gusto as Diwali is celebrated.

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