India’s Kashmir peace move not realistic and sincere says Pakistan
Not sincere and realistic is what Pakistan had to say about India's move to appoint an interlocutor to talk peace in Jammu and Kashmir. On Monday, Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh announced that former IB director Dineshwar Sharma would lead the peace talks in the Valley.
Reacting to India's decision, the Pakistan Foreign Office said that the move does not appear to be sincere and realistic. For any dialogue to be meaningful, talks should involve three parties- India, Pakistan and Kashmiris.
Without the participation of the Hurriyat leadership, no interaction or dialogue would carry any weight or meaning," the spokesperson of the foreign office said in a statement.
Pakistan also said that the Indian government's announcement "illustrated a recognition - once again - of the futility of the use of force and of the indispensability of dialogue".
The statement noted that India's interlocutor had been entrusted with the task of understanding the "legitimate aspirations" of the Kashmiris though this "had been known for 70 years, ie realisation of their right to self-determination".
The spokesperson contended that the need of the hour is an end to "Indian state-sponsored terrorism" in Kashmir and dialogue for peacefully resolving the issue in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions and the wishes of the Kashmiri people.