India has no roadmap for resolving Kashmir: Sinha

India has no roadmap for resolving Kashmir: Sinha

Advocates presence of army in JK

Patna, Oct 11: Former Governor Lt Gen (Retd) S K Sinha has said India has no roadmap for resolving Kashmir issue and advocated continued presence of army in Jammu and Kashmir.

Delivering Dr K K Sinha memorial lecture at Patna on ‘The Kashmir Problem And The Way Ahead’, Sinha said, “We may agree to accept the Line of Control (LoC) as international border but no other concession need be made.”

He observed that India had no road map for resolving the Kashmir issue beyond reiterating that Kashmir is an integral part of India and a settlement will be reached through dialogue.

Referring to militancy, he said it had to be crushed militarily. “Indian Army’s record of upholding human rights is far superior to that of Pakistan Army in erstwhile East Pakistan and now in Baluchistan or for that matter of the US Army in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan”.

He said the solution lies in winning the hearts and minds of the people with well-planned psychological initiatives to win their hearts and minds through well co- ordinate psychological initiatives.

“In recent years, the Government of India (GoI) exhibited commitment to end militancy in Jammu and Kashmir and besides economic development other initiatives were taken to win over the Kashmiri people and ensure that they could not be wooed by the jehadi elements,” Sinha said.

The former governor said the Indian government should continue to exhibit required political will to deal militancy in Jammu and Kashmir in an effective and decisive way. \”Under no circumstances, India can afford to compromise its sovereignty vis-a-vis militancy in Jammu and Kashmir,\” he said and advocated the continued presence of the army in the state to deal with militant activities.

\”Our government must have strong resolve to address the Kashmir problem and I have no reason not to believe that the integration of the people of Jammu and Kashmir will be completed through economic development and psychological initiatives,\” he added.

[Rising Kashmir]

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