Ex-RAW chief says dialogue only way to resolve Kashmir dispute

Published: October 8, 2017
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Former RAW chief Amarjit Singh Dulat. PHOTO: File

Former RAW chief Amarjit Singh Dulat. PHOTO: File

Amarjit Singh Dulat, former chief of Indian intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), has said dialogue was the only way to resolve the Kashmir dispute, Radio Pakistan reported.

Addressing a function organised by the London School of Economics’ South Asia Forum, he said India’s strategy of not engaging with Pakistan made no sense at all.

“New Delhi has created a mess in Kashmir in the past 15 months,” he added.

“Heavy handedness has never worked in Kashmir… actually it doesn’t work anywhere as we’ve seen recently in Spain.”

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Former Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) director general Ehsanul Haq, who also participated in the debate, said the situation in Kashmir had taken a turn for the worse since last July.

He added that Indian forces had tackled protests with singular ruthlessness and indiscriminate use of pellet guns.

“The Kashmir dispute cannot be wished away…if left unresolved it will keep returning as a crisis with increased intensity,” he said adding that there were no problems between the two countries that could not be resolved “through dialogue.”

“We must now structure a détente that reduces tensions and move meaningfully towards dispute resolution,” he said, though warned that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his extremist allies were using harsh rhetoric against Pakistan to electoral and political advantage.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Billa
    Oct 8, 2017 - 5:39PM

    They only realise it when they are not in the position. Too late.Recommend

  • LOL
    Oct 8, 2017 - 5:43PM

    LOOOOL. all indians on this site say kashmir is not an issue. looks like Pak forgein policy is much stronger than indian.Recommend

  • Prada
    Oct 8, 2017 - 6:32PM

    He also said one more statement. He said that Pakistan is now out of the equation in Indian Kashmir.Recommend

  • PakPukudenguta
    Oct 8, 2017 - 9:10PM

    The greatest success of the ISI was in planting Dulat as the RAW chief. They are drawing the dividends even now. Dulat equates Syed Ali Sha Jilini with Mahatma Gandhi. Indians know who Dulat is, so do Pakistanis. Recommend

  • wb
    Oct 9, 2017 - 8:14AM

    Only in the last two years has Kashmir come under control. Keep watching how to deal with Kashmir. Just like China deals with Uyghurs or Israel deals with Palestinians and Burma dealt with Rohingyas.Recommend

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