India, Pak army chiefs statements on Kashmir evoke positive response 

Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat. PTI file photo

Political parties in Kashmir on Monday welcomed the statement of Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat and his Pakistani counterpart General Qamar Javed Bajwa saying dialogue was the only way to achieve peace in the region.

General Rawat on Sunday said that peace was the only way to improve the situation in Kashmir that had been witnessing militancy for about three decades now.

Hours later his Pakistani counterpart said the peaceful resolution of India-Pakistan disputes, including the core issue of Kashmir, can be found through comprehensive and meaningful dialogue.

The statements of the two army chiefs generated positive response in violence hit Kashmir valley.

“Indian Army chief admits to the futility of use of force and Pakistan Army chief talks of peace through dialogue. Its time their political counterparts accede to what their chiefs have realised and resolve the #Kashmir dispute through political measures putting an end to bloodshed,” Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, moderate Hurriyat chairman, tweeted.

The ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) chief spokesperson Rafi Mir while appealing to the leadership of both the countries to initiate dialogue and take steps for the betterment of ties, said, “For decades humanity has been left to bleed, The leadership of both the countries should rise to the occasion and change the hate mongering between the two into a peace narrative,.”

He said PDP’s core agenda is to achieve peace with reconciliation and that can only happen with a sustained dialogue which alone can end mayhem and destruction.

CP(M) state secretary and legislator Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami while appreciating the statements said only time will tell how sincere the political leadership in both the countries is to backup the suggestion of their military commanders.

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