Saying it is “too much” to expect Pakistan to stop moral support to the separatists, J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Sunday said Modi government has an obligation to resolve the Kashmir issue.
“I don’t know how the Narendra Modi government plans to resolve the (Kashmir) issue but they have an obligation to resolve it,” the CM said in his first reaction after India called off the foreign secretary-level talks. “The people living along the border are the people of this country. They have as much right to acche din as anyone else. If they have seen anything, it is their lives going from bad to worse and therefore, I think, it is the time that the PM and his government must fulfill their commitment and restore peace along the border”.
Omar said the cancellation of talks was not due to ceasefire violations. “The cancellation of talks was the result of a cup of tea. A cup of tea that has continued every year since, if I am not mistaken, 1994,” he said while talking to reporters. “It is a part of Pakistan’s, what they call, moral support. To expect that Pakistan would stop this before an overall settlement of Kashmir is, I think, to expect too much from Pakistan”.
Over resumption of talks with Pakistan, the CM said, “I don’t know how (the talks will resume), given the bar has now been set that as long as these (meetings between Pakistan and separatists) continue, talks wouldn’t be resumed.” He said, “I hope they would do a rethink.”