If Pak can unite Hurriyat, why can’t mainstream do the same, says Dulat  

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‘Student protests a new, dangerous and scary phenomenon’ 

Srinagar: Calling for unity among the mainstream parties, former Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) chief Amarjeet Singh Dulat said that if Pakistan can bring Hurriyat on one platform, why can’t they do the same thing.

“Why don’t mainstream political parties get together and sit to find a solution to the prevailing situation in the Valley. If all the mainstream leaders sit together, then I think there will be a way out of the present situation. If Kashmiri politicians sit together, then New Delhi will think over it,” he said.

He further added, “When Pakistan can get Mirwaiz, Geelani and Yasin Malik together, why can’t Dr Farooq (Abdullah) and other mainstream leaders get together and resolve the present situation,” he asked.

Dulat, who also authored the book ‘Kashmir: The Vajpayee Years’, while taking a dig at the present BJP, said India’s relationship with arch rival Pakistan was good even after the Kargil War.

“It is very bad today. Today’s BJP is different and they have total power. They are still in power in Jammu and Kashmir and they have a role to play,” said Dulat. He added that student protests in Kashmir Valley is a scary phenomenon.

“Student protests are a new phenomenon and a dangerous one. Students taking to streets without any control is scary,” said Dulat, who was also the advisor to former premier Atal Behari Vajpayee.

He added, “All the political parties in Jammu and Kashmir, be it Hurriyat, mainstream political parties, state and central governments have a role to bring the situation back to normal.”

He also reiterated that Kashmir is a political issue and needs to be solved accordingly.

“Kashmir is a political issue and has to be taken on that paradigm,” Dulat observed.


(With inputs from KNS)

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