ISLAMABAD: The puppet Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Omar Abdullah has slammed the Narendra Modi-led Indian government for suspending talks with Pakistan over a cup of tea with Hurriyet Conference leaders and said India had set up a difficult benchmark for resumption of talks.
Omar Abdullah speaking on a variety of issues including the resolution passed by the so-called Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Council seeking resumption of dialogue with Pakistan, said cancellation of talks with Pakistan was demoralising people of the territory, Media reported.
On the cancellation of talks, the puppet Chief Minister said: “It basically just demoralises the people because at the end of the day we only see a solution emerging out of dialogue.
He said Pakistani envoys have been talking to Hurriyat leaders since 1993 when P V Narasimha Rao was the Prime Minister. “Now, to suspend the dialogue over this cup of tea.. So now you have a chicken and egg story. The dialogue process produces the results that need the tea to stop or does the tea stop the dialogue process,” he added.
Defending the recent resolution passed by the so-called Legislative Council urging India to resume talks with Pakistan, he said while the legality of the resolution can be answered by the Council Chairperson and they have right to an opinion.
He said the resolution expressed sentiments of people of Kashmir who suffered on account of poor relations between India and Pakistan and said people of the territory have seen in recent years that every time the dialogue process was suspended for some reason or another, it resumed without the stated objective having been realized.