Terror and talks won’t go together: Chrungoo

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Mar 12: “While the ceasefire agreement at the level of DGMOs between India and Pakistan is a welcome development, yet it needs to be reiterated that India’s current policy regarding Pakistan is guided by the doctrine that ‘terror and talks won’t go together”, said Ashwani Kumar Chrungoo, senior BJP and Kashmiri Pandit leader, incharge Department of Political Affairs and Feedback, J&K-BJP.
He was addressing a webinar held by the Centre for Peace and Progress, New Delhi on the topic: “Improving Indo-Pak Relations” today. The event was presided over and conducted by O. P. Shah, Chairman of the Centre. The participants among others included Khurshid Mehmud Kasoori, former Foreign Minister of Pakistan, M.Y.Tarigami, Amarjit Dulat, Radha Kumar, Kapil Kak, Muzaffar Shah, Kuldeep Khuda, Sudheendra Kulkarni, Nyla Ali Khan, Ishwar Khajuria, Shuja Zafar, Adv. Manjit Singh Kehaira, A.M.Watali, Dr. Qazi Ashraf, N.D.Pancholi, Suman Bhattacharya, Prof. Sushil, Dr. Gita Chatterjee, Rasul Baksh Rais and Prof. G.M.Wani. The inaugural presentation was made by Kasoori.
The Webinar welcomed the development of ceasefire agreement between India & Pakistan and wished it to be followed by more concrete steps to build an everlasting peace. Kasoori in his speech referred to his experiences during the Vajpayee’s and Manmohan Singh’s regimes while he was in office in Pakistan and said that “some more baby steps are expected to be taken by the current leaderships in both the countries. He added that the relations between the two nations are academically guided by the fact that Jammu and Kashmir is a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan.
Chrungoo in his presentation emphasized that in case the peace has to be an everlasting development, Pakistan has a bigger responsibility to stop cross-border terrorism, insurgency and support to misadventures across the Line of Control and the International Border. The doctrine of “terror and talks won’t go together” was initiated by India during the UPA regime and was followed meticulously by the current Government headed by Narendra Modi for the last seven years. There is no likelyhood to expect any change in the policy that has so vigorously been followed by India.