Sep­a­ratists wel­come army chiefs’ peace cry

The Asian Age - - Nation - YUSUF JAMEEL

For a change, Army Chief Gen­eral Bipin Rawat's lat­est state­ment on Kash­mir has been wel­comed by main­stream and sep­a­ratist lead­ers alike.

Gen. Rawat had on Sun­day, while speak­ing at the 70th foun­da­tion day of Jammu and Kash­mir Light In­fantry in New Delhi said, “There is hope that the sit­u­a­tion in Kash­mir will im­prove… it's not gone wrong. There are some youths in Kash­mir who have strayed and have been rad­i­calised. They think they can achieve their goal through guns." He had added, "But the time is not far when even they will be con­vinced that nei­ther the forces nor the mil­i­tants will be able to achieve their goal. We have to to­gether find a way for peace and we will be suc­cess­ful in that.” On the same day, his

Pak­istani coun­ter­part Gen­eral Qamar Javed Bajwa said, "It is our sin­cere be­lief that the route to peace­ful res­o­lu­tion of Pak- In­dia dis­putes in­clud­ing the core is­sue of Kash­mir runs through com­pre­hen­sive and mean­ing­ful di­a­logue."

Gen­eral Qamar Bajwa fur­ther said, "Pak­istan re­mains com­mit­ted to such a di­a­logue, but only on the ba­sis of sov­er­eign equal­ity, and dig­nity.”

Re­act­ing to the state­ments of the army chiefs of the two neigh­bours, the val­ley's chief Mus­lim cleric and chair­man of his fac­tion of sep­a­ratist Hur­riyat Con­fer­ence al­liance Mir­waiz Umar Fa­rooq tweeted, "In­dian Army chief ad­mits to the fu­til­ity of use of force and Pak­istan Army chief talks of peace through di­a­logue. Its time their po­lit­i­cal coun­ter­parts ac­cede to what their chiefs have re­alised and re­solve the # Kash­mir dis­pute through po­lit­i­cal mea­sures putting an end to blood­shed."

— AP

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