The Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Council, on Thursday, passed a resolution that urges the Narendra Modi government to resume talks with Pakistan. The resolution passed unanimously states the Jammu and Kashmir government must urge the center to resume India-Pakistan dialogue.
The resolution also makes not of the ceasefire violations on LoC, and urges the government to resolve issues of rehabilitation of victims of LoC firing. The resolution may evokes controversy since the Jammu and Kashmir constitution clearly states that foreign affairs is not under the purview of the state government.
Earlier this month, Narendra Modi government had cancelled foreign secretary level talks with Pakistan after envoy Abdul Basit held talks with separatists despite strong objections. Pakistan's Envoy Abdul Basit later addressed the Indian media on the diplomatic failures between the two nations stating "Our priority is to promote peace and regional security," he stated. "Time has come for the two countries to move from confrontation to cooperation. We must engage with a comprehensive and meaningful dialogue, time has come to move forward," Basit urged. However, on the issue of repeated ceasefire violations by the Pakistan Army, he claimed, "I would like to tell you that India has violated the ceasefire 57 times. So yes we need to resolve it."
Chief Minister Omar Abdullah had, last week, expressed hope that Centre would reconsider its decision of cancelling talks with Pakistan. Terming frequent violations of the ceasefire as a “matter of serious concern”, Abdullah said that the breakdown of talks will hit the people of Jammu and Kashmir. “Given the breakdown in communication between India and Pakistan, I don’t know how the Narendra Modi government plans to resolve this issue but they have an obligation to resolve it because they promised the people of this country ‘acche din’,” he said.
“The people living along the border are people of this country. They have as much of right to ‘acche din’ as anybody else but they are yet to see those ‘acche din'. If anything, they have seen their days go from bad to worse. Therefore, I think it is time for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government to fulfill their commitment of ‘acche din’ and restore peace and normalcy along the border,” the Chief Minister said.
(With inputs from Zee News)