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Centre can take up Kashmir issue with Hurriyat: Abdullah

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

has said that lasting peace can be achieved in only through dialogue and the Centre should hold talks with the Hurriyat leaders.

Referring to Bipin Rawat's comment a day earlier on engaging with without any preconditions, the former minister Thursday said if the could suggest it, then the Centre should also talk with the Hurriyat leaders to solve the issue.

Speaking at a discussion on "J&K The Road Ahead", organised by the here, Abdullah said the leaders of Hurriyat have Indian passports and in the past, leaders such as former have held dialogue with them.

"The and use of force can never be a solution to the Kashmir crisis and lasting peace can be achieved only through dialogue," he told the gathering which included retired senior army officers and academicians from the city.

Expressing hope that dialogue on the Kashmir issue could start after the Lok Sabha polls, Abdullah said each election has divided the country instead of uniting it.

"There is mistrust between and Kashmir and an atmosphere of hate has been created in the country," he said.

Rawat had Wednesday said that at a time when the US and are reaching out to the in Afghanistan, the terror outfit should be engaged with but talks should be held without any preconditions.

The Army chief's comments at the Raisina Dialogue, on engaging with Taliban, were the first such public remarks by a senior functionary of the government.

Shankar Roy Chowdhury, taking part in the discussion, raised the issue of resignation of Shah Faesal, an who topped the civil services examination in 2009.

"We are shocked to hear about his resignation. He should not have resigned," said.

"One positive thing that has surfaced from Kashmir in the past few years is that youths from the region have joined the Army and taken up government jobs in large numbers," he added.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, January 11 2019. 11:45 IST