Referring to Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat’s comment on holding talks with Taliban for maintaining peace in Afghanistan, ex-Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah asked why then why not the centre was not initiating talks with the Hurriyat leaders in the Valley.

While speaking at a seminar entitled “J&K- The Road Ahead” in Kolkata, Mr. Abdullah claims that the leaders like ex-Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee held talks with the separatist leaders to end violence in the state.

On Wednesday, General Rawat said that there should be talks with the Taliban to bring back peace in Afghanistan but also asserted that the engagement must be without any preconditions.

National Conference Chief Omar Abdullah has further emphasized that Army and force can never resolve the internal crisis in Kashmir and hoped that talks to solve the disputed would be re-initiated after the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections.

Mr. Abdullah also claims that each election divides the country instead of uniting it.

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