BJP seeks clarification on Kashmir

BJP seeks clarification on Kashmir

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday demanded that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh take the country into confidence by sharing the content of the solution on Kashmir which could not be ultimately achieved.

The demand came a day after the prime minister revealed that his government was on the verge of a major breakthrough in bilateral relations with Pakistan during Pervez Musharraf’s regime.

During his press interaction on Friday, the prime minister rued missing the opportunity for taking the relationship with Pakistan to the next level but expressed a desire to visit the neighbouring country which he has not been able to do due to lack of conducive circumstances. Singh was also born in Pakistan. The relations between the two countries have taken a beating owing to border skirmishes, especially the beheading and killing of jawans at the border in Jammu and Kashmir.

 The prime minister revealed for the first time that secret envoys from India and Pakistan had almost arrived at a meeting to resolve the conflict on Kashmir. When a breakthrough appeared “in sight,” General Pervez Musharraf had to make way for other leaders and the agreement got blocked. A few years ago when President Musharraf was living in exile in London he had given a similar indication, BJP leader Arun Jaitley stated in a write-up.

“What was this possible resolution on Kashmir? The people of India are entitled to know an answer to this question,” he stated in his article – “The Most Important Sentence in the Prime Minister’s Press Conference “ – shared with media.

Jaitley is of the view that the Nehruvian vision of giving a separate status to Jammu & Kashmir was a “flawed one”.

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