State political parties on Tuesday welcomed the US President Donald Trump's statement that he is "ready to mediate between India and Pakistan" to resolve the Kashmir issue.
Soon after Trump made the remarks expressing his willingness on mediating on Kashmir, political heads of different parties termed it a positive development to end the lingering Kashmir conflict.
National Conference (NC) President and Member of Parliament (MP) Farooq Abdullah congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi for seeking the intervention of the United States in solving the protracted issue.
Abdullah said any mediation in conflict resolution is not a new approach and it is one of the traditional means of diplomacy that affords the two conflict-ridden countries reach to a suitable solution.
“It is high time for India and Pakistan to shun hostilities because at the end it is the people of our state who face the direct brunt of such hostilities,” Abdullah said.
Abdullah said the NC has been a votary of dialogue and strongly believe that only dialogue affords the way forward.
“The issue should not be subjected to undue politicking, it is high time for all politicians across the political spectrum of the country to appreciate the courage of the Prime Minister,” Abdullah said.
NC MPs Muhammad Akbar Lone, Hasnain Masoodi also welcomed the move of Prime Minister Modi saying the need of the hour called for strengthening his efforts towards solving the protracted issue of J&K.
On Monday, Donald Trump during a meeting with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said that both Khan and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have asked him to mediate in the Kashmir dispute.
"I was with Prime Minister Modi two weeks ago and we talked about this subject (Kashmir). And he actually said, 'would you like to be a mediator or arbitrator?' I said, 'where?' (Modi said) 'Kashmir'," Trump said as he held talks with Khan.
Taking to Twitter, president of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti said the disclosure made by the US president marks a huge policy shift and both countries should seize this opportunity to forge peace through dialogue.
“Despite the GOI refuting the idea of third party mediation on J&K, the disclosure made by Trump marks a huge policy shift. Even though the USA doesn’t hold a great record in resolving protracted conflicts, hope both countries seize this opportunity to forge peace through dialogue (sic),” Mehbooba tweeted.
Hurriyat (M) chairperson Mirwaiz Umar Farooq welcomed this development and said he has been urging for dialogue at all levels. “Being the most affected party people of #Kashmir want an early resolution to the lingering Kashmir conflict. Been urging for dialogue at all levels. Every effort, pushing India and Pakistan in that direction @POTUS is welcome by the people of J&K (sic),” Mirwaiz wrote on Twitter.
The chief spokesman of banned Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Muhammad Rafiq Dar also welcomed the US president’s offer to mediate on Kashmir issue.
Meanwhile, National Conference (NC) vice-president and former chief minister Omar Abdullah questioned India's position on third party involvement in Kashmir.
“Is Govt of India going to call @realDonaldTrump a liar or has there been an undeclared shift in India’s position on third party involvement in #Kashmir (sic),” Omar tweeted.
“Personally I think @realDonaldTrump is talking out of his hat when he says @PMOIndia asked for the US involvement in solving the Kashmir issue but I’d like to see @MEAIndia call Trump out on his claim (sic),” he said.
Ministry of External Affairs has denied Trump's claim that Modi asked him to mediate in Kashmir dispute with Pakistan.