Political parties in Jammu and Kashmir have no right to talk about peace talks between India and Pakistan as it is a matter between the two nations, Governor Satya Pal Malik said Wednesday.
“They (political parties) have no right to talk about India-Pakistan peace talks. It is between governments of the two nations, as being neighbours makes it obvious that talks will happen for sure. But political parties bringing up issue of Pakistan into dialogue process was neither acceptable to us then, nor will it be now,” he told reporters on the sidelines of inauguration of SPS Library here.
There is a great possibility for a dialogue process between the two countries to take place but the “undue interference” of various political parties in the peace talks is “unacceptable”, he said.Malik, who inaugurated the state-of-the-art library, also said that efforts are being made to bring an improvement in Kashmir situation.
His remarks come day after union home minister Rajnath Singh said in Srinagar that the government of India was ready for talks with all, but hurried to add that “terror and talks cannot go together.”
Various mainstream political parties, including the National Conference and Peoples Democratic Party, had met Singh during his day-long visit to the Valley Tuesday and urged him to start a “credible dialogue” with all stakeholders in Kashmir.
Malik urged “different powers in play” in Kashmir to “accept dialogue for return of peace and normalcy.”
“Not everything lies in our hands as there are powers based within and outside the country which are at work here. But I appeal to everyone that Kashmir is the most beautiful and extra-ordinary part of the country. No problem can be solved with gun and there is no such existing issue which cannot be resolved with the help of a dialogue,” he said.
Malik said that Rajnath Singh’s visit to Kashmir was “productive.”
Singh had yesterday also said that many “issues and problems” confronting Jammu and Kashmir can be resolved “through democracy.”
“The home minister was very receptive about problems of Kashmir and admitted that the central government was in favour of peace talks. We all know what the pre-conditions for peace talks are. Prior to home minister’s visit, I had met leaders of several mainstream political parties to convey it to them that their active participation in the forthcoming panchayat polls matters,” the Governor said.
“We are trying to convey to everyone to become a part of this process. Huge funds between Rs 50 lakh to Rs 1.50 crore are earmarked for each panchayat and I have been stressing on the fact that we should not let it go waste. But we will witness a proper spending of these funds for upliftment of people only when there is a peaceful election which will lead to development and normalisation of situation. This will help in building a platform for peace talks and in creating a solution for the existing problems,” the Governor said.
He said the recent municipal elections were held in a peaceful manner and the panchayat polls beginning November 17 will also be “violence-free.”
Malik admitted that the voter turnout in the recently-held urban local body elections was less but said the poll process was a “success in a way that not even a bird was harmed during the elections.”