MIRPUR (AJK)

The head of right-wing Jammu & Kashmir Liberation League welcomed the resumption of Pakistan-India dialogues on various issues including the core issue of Kashmir.

AJK High court justice (Retd) Abdul Majeed Mallick who heads the league said that the recent visit of Indian Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar to Islamabad is presumably a welcome step. At the same time, the elderly Kashmiri leader suggested that Pakistan had to prepare itself to tackle Indian stance by its deep study and preparation of Kashmir issue in the light of prevailing neighbouring and international political scenario.

Talking to newsmen here on Wednesday, Justice (Retd) Mallick added, “Nevertheless, Pakistan and Kashmiri leadership may not ignore the stringent attitude of India towards the resolution of Kashmir issue.” He said that India may agree to facilitate the existing confidence building measures in the state in addition to opening of some fresh routes by maintaining status quo on the Line of Control. Dialogues, in fact, lead to a settlement. There should a formula of ‘give and take’.”

He said, “India, by no means, would agree to resolve Kashmir issue under the spirit of the United Nations resolutions. Its ostensible stand remains that no disturbance or displacement of  the people of the state may take place like the events of 1947”.

India and Pakistan, he observed, adhered to conflicting national stances. “Unless India or Pakistan get prepared to withdraw from their stance on Kashmir, no amiable and acceptable solution to the people of Jammu & Kashmir, Pakistan and India would come out.”