Mehbooba Mufti welcomes Kashmir dialogue announcement; P Chidambaram says BJP's 'muscular approach' failed

Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s announcement that former Intelligence Bureau director Dineshwar Sharma will be the representative for a sustained dialogue to find a solution to the Kashmir issue has garnered support from various ministers.

Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti on Monday welcomed the Centre's announcement and said that was the only way forward. She added that the move was in line with Narendra Modi's speech on Independence Day, where he mentioned that Kashmir needed hugs, not bullets or abuses.

Former finance minister P Chidambaram said that the move showed that the government's 'muscular approach' had failed in Jammu and Kashmir.

He further added that the announcement signalled a victory for those who had been rooting for a political solution in the state.

News 18 reported that former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah termed the government's move a "good one" but blamed the Centre for taking a "U-turn" on its stance. He further added that the government seemed to realise that "it was a political problem". Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah too supported the move and said that he would wait for the results with "an open mind." At the same, he wondered if the NIA investigation against Hurriyat leaders in the state would be suspended to facilitate talks.

Responding to a tweet about the choice of a non-political representative as the interlocutor, Omar said the mandate was more important than the candidate. "One can't get everything. So, for now, we'll take what we can get. More important than the person is the mandate and absence of pre-conditions," he said.

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Updated Date: Oct 23, 2017 18:48:20 IST

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