If given a "free hand" to run his government, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed will succeed in resolving the long pending Kashmir issue, Janata Dal(U) President Sharad Yadav on Sunday said.
Asserting that dialogue is the only way to resolve Kashmir issue, former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah Thursday said gun is no solution to solve Kashmir issue and attempts have been made in the past but they have failed.
Moderate Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umer Farooq on Thursday said India and Pakistan should start talks at the Prime Ministerial level and assured full support of his amalgam in finding an everlasting solution to the Kashmir issue.
Former Sri Lanka army chief General Sarath Fonseka on Thursday urged India and Pakistan to speedily resolve the Kashmir issue, adding that countries of the region should start behaving like neighbours.
Separatist JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik held a rally in the PDP bastion of Anantnag in south Kashmir, saying dialogue between India and Pakistan will not resolve the Kashmir issue unless the two countries have an intention to do so.
United Nations: UN chief Ban Ki-moon has expressed readiness to engage with India and Pakistan in resolving the Kashmir issue if requested by both and asked them to resume talks to reach an agreement that would serve their security interests as well as that of the region.
India and Pakistan were very near to a framework agreement on the Kashmir issue through back-channel talks during the Congress-led regime, former Pakistani foreign minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri said Wednesday, and suggested that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should appoint a confidant for such talks.
The recent breach of ceasefire by Pakistan was aimed at infiltrating LeT cadres into Jammu and Kashmir ahead of the polls and to bring Kashmir issue back into limelight, as the neighbouring country was feeling isolated with the growing clout of India in the international forum, according to security experts.
In continuing ceasefire violations, Pakistani troops on Tuesday targeted 40 Border Out Posts and 25 border hamlets with heavy mortar shells in Jammu sector and LoC areas in Poonch district, leaving nine persons injured.