Kashmir dialogue: Centre has taken a step, stakeholders should cash in the opportunity too, says Mehbooba

Srinagar: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Monday said that the political process on Kashmir was necessary at this time and hoped that the stakeholders in Kashmir shall also cash in on the opportunity and enter into dialogue the process.

While talking to reporters, Mehbooba said that she was happy that the centre has started the dialogue which is the need  of the hour.

“The situation Kashmir is not well and people are fed up with the violence. So it is the right time to announce the dialogue process. If the centre has take a step, we including other stakeholders should also move a step ahead in cashing upon the opportunity and enter into the dialogue process,” Mehbooba said.

She said that political process is necessary beside security measures.

“The representative announced by the centre is good human being and a man of credibility. He was involved in the dialogue process in North-east for a long time,” she said.

While announcing the centre’s sustained dialogue on Kashmir, Singh said that the former Director of IB, Dineshwar Sharma will initiate a sustained interaction and dialogue to understand legitimate aspirations of people in Jammu and Kashmir.

Mehbooba thanked the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and government of India for the announcement.

“It is a welcome step…something has started…it is a Confidence Building Measure and necessity of the time,” she said.

When asked whether NIA action on separatists and some businessman will make the dialogue announcement credible, she said that security measures and political process are separate issues.

“Stakeholders should be concerned as people are suffering and fed up with the violence,” she said, adding that the dialogue is open to all with no conditions on any side.

(With inputs from KNS)

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