India urged to resume talks with Pakistan

Abdullah says India has obligation to resolve Kashmir issue

SRINAGAR – In a step that may lead to a confrontation with India, the Indian-held Jammu Kashmir Legislative Council on Thursday passed a resolution that urges the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to resume talks with Pakistan.

The resolution passed unanimously via a voice vote says the state government must urge the Indian government to resume foreign secretary-level talks with Pakistan to maintain peace in the region especially in disputed state of Jammu Kashmir.

It also says that the state government should urge India to take steps to effectively resolve violations on the Line of Control and the Working Boundary in the disputed state besides taking steps to ensure rehabilitation of victims of the firing. The resolution may turn controversial as the state constitution says that foreign affairs are not under the purview of the (state) government.

The Modi government had cancelled secretary-level talks with Pakistan after High Commissioner Abdul Basit held talks with Hurriyat leaders despite Indian objections. Last week, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah had expressed hope that the Indian government would reconsider its decision of cancelling talks with Pakistan.

"Given the breakdown in communication between Pakistan and India, I don't know how Narendra Modi government plans to resolve this (Jammu Kashmir) issue but they have an obligation to resolve it because they promised the people,” said Abdullah, who heads National Conference.


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