J&K government and Hurriyat have welcomed the statement of Army chiefs of India and Pakistan, who asserted that not violence but the dialogue was the way forward to resolve Kashmir issue.
The government of India’s special representative for J&K, Dineshwar Sharma termed the development a ‘positive sign’ that will help to address the sentiment on the ground.
The statements of the two Army Chiefs are seen as ‘crucial’ at a time when the political relationship between the two countries is at its worst, with the repeated summoning of diplomats in wake of continued exchange of fire on Line of Control and the international border.
Earlier on April 15, Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat, in a function, said that neither forces nor militants would be able to achieve their goal and everybody has to find a way for peace.
On the same day, Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa said that route to peaceful resolution of Pak-India disputes—including the core issue of Kashmir— runs through comprehensive and meaningful dialogue, which is the precursor to peace across the region.