The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Saturday welcomed the statement made by rival National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah in Parliament that talks should be held with Pakistan over the Kashmir issue.

“The PDP welcomes Dr. Farooq’s change of heart and the party hopes that it wouldn’t be a mere poll gimmick. It is also high time the Centre utilised this consensus among the political groups for a peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue. Creating political vacuum will not help in any way,” said PDP leader Naeem Akhtar.

Holistic approach

Dr. Abdullah on Friday asked the Centre to start a dialogue with Pakistan over the Kashmir issue.

“The Centre must take a holistic approach to address the decades-old conflict amicably and peacefully. Talks with Pakistan, Hurriyat and other stakeholders is needed and through this way only, the situation will get stabilised. It is a moral responsibility of the Centre to address the issue,” said Mr. Akhtar.

Meanwhile, PDP president Mehbooba Mufti, in an interview to a news channel, claimed that “her party legislators were lured by the Centre with money and ministerial berths, and after they rejected it, they were being threatened with NIA investigations”.

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