Srinagar, September 11 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Coordination Committee, an amalgam of trade and civil society organisations, has urged India to initiate unconditional, time-bound talks with Pakistan and Hurriyat leadership to resolve the Kashmir dispute.
Addressing a news conference in Srinagar, JKCC Spokesperson Mubeen Shah said: “India needs to show flexibility and hold unconditional dialogue with the stakeholders. There should be no preconditions for dialogue.
“Article 370 is a proof about the Kashmir being disputed, as India had approached the United Nations for Kashmir settlement in 1947. India had thought they would get result in their favour, therefore they kept the issue lingering,” Shah said, adding that “New Delhi must educate people of India about the reality of Kashmir dispute.”
He said the visit by Indian Home Minister, Rajnath Singh, would not yield any results unless promises made to Kashmiris were fulfilled.
“We didn’t meet the Home Minister as we believe that concrete steps are needed to be taken to resolve the Kashmir issue. Any amount of packages won’t improve the ground situation,” he added.
Civil Society member ShakeelQalander said: “Talks need to be initiated unconditionally.
Meanwhile, the Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation (KTMF) President, Muhammad Yasin Khan in a statement said frequent siege of Srinagar is a part of conspiracy to kill the business activities in the old city. He said the trader community is being pushed to streets against choking of their space to life and livelihood.