Srinagar, Dec 25, CNS: Reacting to a recent statement by former director-general of police, Jammu and Kashmir, K Rajendra Kumar that unlike Pakistan, India doesn’t have a clear policy on Kashmir, AIP president Er Rasheed on Tuesday said that withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan should truly be a wakeup call for New Delhi.
The spokesman said, Rasheed while addressing party workers said that Kumar’s word of advice is like a confession of truth like better late than never. Who doesn’t know that K. Rajindra in his tenure as JK police chief claimed on more than one occasions that J&K has been made militancy free and now his words that withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan will have serious consequences on J&K do mean a lot and deserve sincere analysis and attention?
His words are a confession of the fact that wars are never won be in Afghanistan or in Kashmir. It is natural that if the US has been compelled to leave Pakistan for whatsoever reasons, not only militant outfits but everyone who believes in Justice would expect its positive implications on Kashmir. It is high time for New Delhi to give up arrogance and false claims and come forward with sincere efforts to resolve a seventy-year-long political dispute which has claimed six lac lives since 1947 and has become a nuclear flashpoint between India and Pakistan.
While New Delhi has always claimed that Pakistan is pushing militants in the valley, in the changing scenario in Afghanistan it would be more difficult to deal with the situation in J&K without addressing the real issues, the spokesman quoted Rasheed as saying.
Rasheed appealed New Delhi and Islamabad to cool their tempers and learn lessons from what has been happening in Afghanistan and reiterated that the genuine right to self-determination for Kashmiris cannot be suppressed just by ignoring the ground reality and misleading world community.
Rasheed added that while K. Rajindra’s words are of much significance, Army officers like Gen. Huda and many others too have tried to convey New Delhi that there is no military solution to the political dispute.