Cricket diplomacy should keep Kashmir in mind; Lt. General Parnaik states Kashmir attachment to Pakistan is not the solution; Gilani states Kashmir stands the important issue; Home Secretary talks optimist development
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  • Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (G) urged the Prime Ministers of India and Pakistan to discuss Kashmir dispute on priority during their talks. He noted that peace would continue to elude India and Pakistan till the Kashmir dispute is resolved.1

    Meanwhile, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Northern Command Lt. General Parnaik has said that no political or economic solution could be implemented in Jammu and Kashmir unless overt and covert interference of Pakistan was neutralized. He stressed that accession to Pakistan is not the answer rather the call at present is to weed out terrorism infrastructure within the state by choking their funding and communication from across initiating more of development projects.2

    However, Pakistan Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that Kashmir is the basic contentious issue between Pakistan and India. He emphasized that both countries should overcome the war phobia and concentrate on the issues as to resolve it they need to work together.3

    In other developments, Home Minister P. Chidambaram described the recent Indo-Pak Home Secretary level talks as a positive development. It is regarded to be one among many steps to be taken towards resolution of disputes between the two countries. Discussions on visa and on Mumbai Commission were also undertaken.4