New Delhi, Apr.8 : Kashmir has remained an unfinished business between India and Pakistan since the partition of the subcontinent in August 1947. With neither of the two countries coming closer to a solution on differences that have dogged bilateral interaction for well over five decades, there was an expression of surprise and dismay in political circles, when a well-heeled politician like Sharad Yadav called for a trilateral dialogue to resolve the dispute.
Yadav, the president of Janata Dal United (JDU), said during a two-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir, that a solution was possible only if representatives of the Indian and Pakistan Governments, and various Kashmiri outfits sat across the table and discussed their differences threadbare.
"Kashmir is a tripartite issue, and Pakistan also is party in the talks. The peace process (composite dialogue) has been was stopped for the time being, but we will carry forward the process and we will participate in coming election," Yadav said.
"The peace process will be continue. We will carry forward the issue and talk to the separatists also. At the present time, the situation in Pakistan is improving day-by-day, which is good for Kashmir. We will also participate in the coming elections in Kashmir," he added.
He also claimed that despite several promises made to the people, the present coalition government in the state had failed to address basic issues like unemployment
Terming the present ban on government jobs as sheer injustice with the people of state, Yadav said, "When educated youth of Kashmir were not provided with job opportunities they turned to gun to get their issues solved". He said that militancy is all about unemployment.
While appealing the misguided youth' of Jammu and Kashmir to return to mainstream he said, "I appeal those youth to shun the path of violence as bullet is not the solution but the every issue can be solved with negotiation".
He charged the Ghulam Nabi Azad-led coalition government with exploiting the innocent people of the Kashmir Valley.
He also attended a meeting of the JD(U) state executive in Srinagar on Monday.