Rashid meets Madhav, calls for dialogue for K-resolution, release of political prisoners

Srinagar: Independent lawmaker and AIP chief Engineer Rashid met BJP’s National President Ram Madhav on Thursday urging him to initiate the dialogue process for the resolution of the Kashmir dispute.

Rashid, in a statement said that muscular approach will not work and New Delhi must not leave Kashmiris on the mercy of government forces.

“In his half an hour meeting with BJP’s National Gen. Secretary and in charge J&K affairs Ram Madhav in Srinagar on Thursday, Rashid reiterated AIP’s stand that the party is open to meet any individual or organization to represent the ground situation and the real sentiments and aspirations of Kashmiris,” a party statement said.

“Rasheed told Madhav that BJP being in power in New Delhi should not run away from its responsibilities to find an everlasting resolution to Kashmir dispute.”

“He added that the BJP should facilitate NC and PDP working together and forming a Govt. in order to facilitate the regional parties in playing a larger constructive role for everlasting peace in the entire subcontinent,” the statement said.

Madhav told Rashid that BJP believes in over all inclusive development and providing good governance to the people of state under governor’s rule till a conducive atmosphere is created for carrying political process forward.

“BJP is duty bound to initiate a sincere and concrete dialogue process and also to ensure that rights, lives, honour and dignity of Kashmiris are not bulldozed by justifying excessive use of force on them. Kashmiris have always been supportive of a meaningful dialogue between India and Pakistan but taking them for-granted will be unrealistic and unacceptable and the dialogue has to be result oriented rather buying time,” Rashid added in his statement.

“During the discussion Rashid sought the release of political prisoners languished in Tihar and other jails and said that the BJP Govt. must take genuine confidence building measures, so that all the stake holders can sit together and a meaningful dialogue could be initiated to resolve Kashmir issue,” the statement concluded.

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