22 September, 2020

A Peace Offering At Last

The Government's pledge of 'maximum autonomy' evokes a positive response in the Valley

A Peace Offering At Last
outlookindia.com
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THE winter of political deadlock in Kashmir is not quite over but the first signs of the ice thawing are visible. The promise by the United  Front (UF) Government that it will give "maximum autonomy" to Kashmir is being widely seen as a positive signal that could end the strife in the Valley and restore peace. Suddenly everyone—from the All-Party Hurriyat Conference ( APHC) to Farooq Abdullah's National Conference (NC)—is ready to talk and though the different political groupings may differ on the modalities to resolve the crisis, they are all agreed that the new Government in Delhi does hold out hope.

Says Shabir Shah, a senior Hurriyat leader: "We have great faith in Deve Gowdaji. We have never said no to talks but I think this is the most opportune moment to initiate talks." Other Hurriyat leaders, including its chairman Moulvi Omar Farooq, have been echoing the same sentiment. In fact, the APHC, which has always been firm in its stand that it wants nothing short of a tripartite meeting that would include the Governments in New Delhi and Islamabad, is now willing to...

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