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Last Updated : Nov 28, 2015 01:16 PM IST | Source: PTI

PM should visit Pak to improve ties: Sudheendra Kulkarni

Sudheendra Kulkarni, who was attacked by the Shiv Sena activists last month over the launch of a book by former Pakistani Foreign Minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri, also said Pakistan should "stop with a heavy hand" the cross-broder terrorism.


Former BJP ideologue Sudheendra Kulkarni said Prime Minister Narendra Modi should make a bilateral visit to Pakistan as he pitched for "uninterrupted and "uninterruptible" dialogue between the two countries.

Sudheendra Kulkarni, who was attacked by the Shiv Sena activists last month over the launch of a book by former Pakistani Foreign Minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri, also said Pakistan should "stop with a heavy hand" the cross-broder terrorism.

Addressing an event the Pakistan High Commission, he made it clear that no military solution is possible to the Kashmir issue which, he said, was a pre-condition for any genuine reconciliation and abiding peace between the two countries.


He said both India and Pakistan can co-administer a combined state of Jammu and Kashmir. Praising Modi, Kulkarni welcomed Prime Minister's trip to countries around the world.

"It shows that he is raising India's profile abroad and it also shows that the rest of the world is now more and more appreciative of what India has achieved," he said.


Noting that Modi has visited all neighbouring countries except Pakistan, Kulkarni said he would strongly urge him to go to Pakistan unlike former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who did not, despite having been born there. He said the besides attending the upcoming SAARC Summit in Islamabad, Modi should also undertake a bilateral visit.

Recalling Modi's words at the SAARC Summit in Nepal, where he said the countries in the bloc were closer but not together, Kulkarni said Pakistan's visit would help his dream of getting everyone together.

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"The soil is really ready for a breakthrough. Prime Minister Modi with a huge mandate can make a difference." Talking about the contentious Kashmir issue, Kulkarni said an early and amicable solution to the dispute is a pre-condition for any genuine reconciliation and abiding peace between the two countries.

"The two governments must share, must accept the reality that neither India can ever recapture the Pakistan held part of Kashmir nor can Pakistan hope to get that part of Kashmir which is India," he said, adding that there is no possibility of Jammu and Kashmir or Kashmir becoming independent.


"No military solution can secure this goal in favour of either India or Pakistan. The only viable and working solution to the Kashmir dispute is India and Pakistan bringing the two sides of Kashmir together".

He said both can co-administer its affairs with a large degree of autonomy to the people of two sides of Kashmir with the consensus of the people who have the biggest stake.




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First Published on Nov 28, 2015 01:02 pm
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