MLA Kulgam and senior leader of CPI (M) M Y Tarigami on Monday said that New Delhi’s rejection of the invitation to attend the proposed SAARC summit in Islamabad and reiteration of the stand that “talks and violence” cannot go together is Modi government’s return to its “no talks” stance which has been in place for the past more than four years.
“Statement of Union Home minister Rajnath Singh that Jammu and Kashmir was not an issue is another reason to believe that Modi-Government’s flip-flop continues. This has come just a few days after a ground-breaking ceremony of opening of Kartpur Corridor near the Gurudwara Darbar Sahib. The joint effort in preparing the Kartarpur Corridor had once again underlined the necessity for improving relations and cooperation between the two countries. Even, Narendra Modi compared the Kartarpur corridor to the fall of the Berlin Wall and hoped it would act as a bridge between the two peoples,” Tarigami said.
He said, “There is a need to open more cross-LoC travel and trade routes between divided parts of Jammu and Kashmir state. A similar arrangement on the pattern of Kartarpur corridor must be made for the pilgrims to Sharada Peeth, an important temple across the Line of Control.”
“The falling back on a hardline stance by the Modi government underscores its contradictory and self-defeating stand in its relations with Pakistan,” he added.