CPI(M) bats for resumption of Indo-Pak dialogue

The CPI(M) on Wednesday called for resumption of talks between India and Pakistan and said the country should not give an impression that it does not want to hold dialogue with its neighbour.

PTI| Updated: Sep 03, 2014, 18:32 PM IST

Jammu: The CPI(M) on Wednesday called for resumption of talks between India and Pakistan and said the country should not give an impression that it does not want to hold dialogue with its neighbour.

"India should not give an impression that it does not want to hold dialogue with Pak, which is seeking talks with this country. The dialogue should be resumed for betterment of the relations", CPIM State Secretary, M Y Tarigami told reporters here today.

It is not good for credibility and prestige of India, the senior Jammu & Kahmir CPI(M) leader said.

Acting tough, India on August 18 had called off Foreign Secretary-level talks with Pakistan and conveyed a blunt message that it was interfering in India's internal affairs by holding talks with Kashmiri separatists which was "unacceptable".

Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh was to travel to Islamabad on August 25 to hold talks with her Pakistani counterpart Aizaz Chaudhry, nearly two years after the Indo-Pak talks were stalled due to incidents along the LoC.

Terming New Delhi argument for calling off the Foreign Secretary level talks as "vague", he said "I am not satisfied with the reason for calling off of talks".

"Talks are held to resolve the issue, disputes, differences by sitting across the table and resolving them. If Government of India (GOI) felt that there was some reason for calling of the talks, it was better to hold talks and tell them", he said.

Regarding the ceasefire violations, firing and shelling that destroyed the border houses and killed and injured people on the Jammu border, he said "Government of India and state government should jointly relocate and rehabilitate border people to safer zones always, from firing and shelling by giving them plots and money to set up some dwelling units".

"Time and again border people face brunt of Pak firing shelling and migration. So it is time that they need to be rehabilitated to safe zones. You cannot let them die every time", he said.

On the issue of polarisation in Jammu and Kashmir ahead of elections, he alleged "some people in parties are out to polarise the Jammu and Kashmir on communal lines and this is dangerous. It will damage the social fabric".