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Let there be open talks now: Omar on India-Pakistan secret dialogue

National Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah Saturday said India and Pakistan must move beyond secret talks and join the table for open talks to resolve all issues including Kashmir.


Talking to reporters on the sidelines of a party function in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district, the former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister said that the NC has always welcomed peace overtures between India and Pakistan. “We have always been stating that war is no solution and all issues can be resolved through dialogue. I don’t want to go into how these two countries are coming closer to each other.


“What I want to say is that India and Pakistani leadership must move beyond secret talks and join the table for an open dialogue,” Omar said, adding that “dialogue is the only way to resolve issues including Kashmir.


“There are a lot of issues between India and Pakistan,” he said.


His remarks come a day after Indian and Pakistani armies held a brigadier-level meeting at Poonch-Rawalkot crossing on Friday as a follow-up to their agreement to observe ceasefire along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir.


“Post the DGsMO Understanding 2021, a Brigade Commander Level Flag Meeting was held between Indian and Pakistan Army at Poonch-Rawalkot Crossing Point on 26 Mar 2021 to discuss implementation mechanism as per the understanding,” the Indian army tweeted.


Last month, the Indian and Pakistani armies recommitted themselves to the 2003 ceasefire on the LoC. The return to the ceasefire was agreed upon by the director-general of military operations of the two countries.

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