Frequent grenade attacks at police and paramilitary installations have cast a dangerous shadow over the prospects of central government’s offer of talks with Pakistan and resistance leadership, minister for public works and cabinet spokesperson Nayeem Akhtar indicated on Monday. Claiming that New Delhi’s invitation to Pakistan and Hurriyat for talks over Kashmir issue was actually “the state government’s initiative to fulfill the Agenda of Alliance,” Akhtar asserted that the yearning of peace should emanate from amongst the people of Kashmir and every stakeholder including civil society ought to get involved in the process of dialogue. “All Kashmiris have stakes in peace not bloodshed. When all the stakeholders wish and support a dialogue process no one will oppose it,” the minister told reporters on the sidelines of an official function at SKICC here.
Naeem Akhtar reemphasized his concern for grenade attacks and said these militant strikes were “vitiating the atmosphere in which more innocent people will lose their lives or get injured.”
Parrying a direct question about the failure of his government to prevent grenade attacks, the minister said,” this question should be asked to the people who are in support of these attacks.” At least 16 persons received splinter injuries in the latest grenade attack in Shopian.
“On the eve of Ramadhan, government of India announced ceasefire and invited Pakistan and Hurriyat for talks to find a solution to Kashmir issue. These initiatives are part of our agenda of alliance for which people were always questioning us. Now it is in front of them,” the minister said while expressing satisfaction that the present regime has “put the issue (of Kashmir) on the table and asked the other party (Huriyat and Pakistan) to think over it.”
About ceasefire violations on the borders even after DGMO agreement, Akhtar said the time was for Pakistan to think “because we have played our role and from our side we have asked the security forces to put their guns down.”
Referring to the killing of SPO in Pulwama Naeem Akhtar questioned that why there wasn’t any statement issued to condemn it and why no sympathy was expressed with the family.
The academy of art, culture and languages in collaboration with directorate of school education Kashmir had organized a daylong Ramadhan special qawali competition and classical Natiya poetry presented by artists at SKICC. Minister for culture and PWD, Naeem Akhtar was the chief guest at the occasion.