India-Pak must hold talks to end Kashmir dispute: Ex-Indian Vice Marshal ‘Dineshwar Sharma has limited mandate’

Asserting that Government of India’s (GoI) interlocutor on Kashmir, Dineshwar Sharma, has limited mandate, ex-Air Vice Marshal (retired), Kapil Kak, Tuesday said there is a need of political outreach in Kashmir as large number of youth hav been mislead to join militant ranks.

“Dineshwar Sharma is not an interlocutor. But he is special representative of GoI. He has not been given time frame. He has the mandate to hold talks with all stake holders. There are many stake holders in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh with whom he has to talk and project demands before the Union Government,” said Kak, while talking to media at Jammu Unversity.

Kak said that Dineshwar Sharma has a “limited mandate” and he can’t resolve “political issues as he is not a political leader.”
“There is a need to take up another step to resolve Kashmir issue politically.”

Former Vice Marshal called upon India and Pakistan to hold dialogue to resolve the issues bilaterally stating that United Nations (UN ) has lost its significance.
“There is no significance of UN and only way to solve issues on Kashmir is by holding talks with Pakistan,” he added, while welcoming th amnesty granted by the state government to the stone-throwers “to ensure their return to mainstream.”
“Like one footballer who returned to mainstream after giving up militancy,’’ he said, “there is a need to reach out to youth who have been mislead and it can be done with the involvement of civil society and other people and only government cannot solve the problems.’’
“There are influences like global, regional, national and sub-national due to which youth get mislead in Kashmir and join militancy because Kashmir dispute is decades-old,” he said.
He further said that “The youth who have been misled are our children and we have to bring them back to the mainstream.” Sharma hoped that the conditions will improve in Kashmir adding that “there should be a strategy of development in Kashmir and it should be constructive.’’
“There is an urgent need of a political outreach in Kashmir. Until and unless, government cares about the suffering and pain of the Kashmiri people there can’t be any headway.’’
He said that freedom “is merely a slogan” and “it’s never possible if one sees present geo-politically situation.” “There is a need to continue negotiations and dialogue because Kashmir is a political issue. The demand of Azadi cannot be accepted and we need to look towards a solution where we reach a middle ground between Azadi and status quo of Kashmir.’’
He said that Kashmir solution cannot happen within days. It will take time. 30 years of violence has swallowed over 45, 000 lives of people mostly state’s citizens. The bloodshed in Kashmir must stop. There is need to end issues with dialogues.
“There is an urgent need of political outreach to the people of Kashmir. Until and unless, you (Government) care about the suffering and pain of the Kashmiri people or hug them like Prime Minister Narindra Modi said in a statement from Lal Qila in New Delhi.
“Hugging Kashmiri people have many meanings like what is the suffering of the people in Kashmir and what their aspirations are whether political or Azadi?” he said.
He said that though Azadi is merely a slogan and factually, it is never possible if one sees present geo-politically situation.
However, there is a need to head forward though negotiation and dialogues because Kashmir is a political issue. The demand of Azadi cannot be given cannot be accepted and we need to look towards a solution in between Azadi and status quo of Kashmir.
Kak said that Kashmir solution “cannot happen within days.” “It will take time. 30 years of violence has consumed the lives of over 45, 000 people mostly state’s citizens. The bloodshed in Kashmir must stop. There is need to end issues with dialogue.”