Pune, 28th December 2023: Former head of the India’s external intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), AS Dulat, has emphasized the need for ongoing talks with Pakistan to establish peace in Kashmir and promote development.
Speaking at a program organized by Sarhad Institute in Katraj, Dulat highlighted the historical success of talks during the Prime Ministerial tenures of Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Dr Manmohan Singh, where terrorist activities decreased. He stressed that despite the removal of Article 370, the threat of terrorism persists.
Dulat asserted that talks with Pakistan regarding the Kashmir issue should be continued for the establishment of peace and development in the region. He cited the positive impact of dialogue during the tenures of Vajpayee and Singh, noting a reduction in terrorist activities.
Dulat acknowledged that while bandhs, strikes, and stone-pelting have reduced, terrorism remains a looming threat. He dismissed the notion that the situation in Kashmir is entirely favourable and emphasized the need for sustained efforts to curb terrorist activities.
Dulat advocated for initiating a political process in Kashmir alongside efforts for peace. He questioned the absence of an elected state government in Jammu and Kashmir. Dulat argued that merely removing Article 370 and designating J&K as a Union Territory would not address the root issues.
Expressing hope for a resolution, Dulat suggested making the Line of Control the international border. He proposed facilitating movement between both countries and emphasized the importance of leadership courage in pursuing such measures. Dulat hoped that Prime Minister Narendra Modi would follow in the footsteps of Vajpayee and engage in diplomatic efforts.
Dulat commented on Pakistan’s behaviour, stating that acts of terrorism are encouraged when the nation faces economic challenges. He expressed hope for diplomatic initiatives, including a potential visit by Prime Minister Modi to Pakistan.
Dulat also mentioned his participation in the Bharat Jodo Yatra in Delhi, stating that he attended at the invitation of Rahul Gandhi. He humorously remarked that walking is good for health.