New Delhi: Amidst the mounting tension between India and Pakistan and the hovering of war clouds between the two nations, the Imam of Delhi’s Jama Masjid, Ahmed Bukhari has said that the two nations need to talk. He said that the two neighbors should not give up dialogue as the war is not the solution of any issue.
The current escalation has followed the Uri terrorist attack in Kashmir Valley. Following the attack that caused the death of 18 soldiers, Indian Army conducted surgical strikes in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK). This has further heightened the tension between the two nations that have fought three major and several minor wars in the last more than six decades.
The cleric who has slowly lost his political relevance said that any war between the two nations at this stage will have far reaching consequences for both. “We shouldn’t forget that both the nations possess atomic weapons. The consequences of use of atomic bomb in Hiroshima and Nagasaki are before the world and we need to be careful about rabble rousing from both the sides” he went on to add.
Maulana further said that the Muslims of the country are passing through a tough time. Whenever the relations between two nations deteriorate, it has adverse consequences for the 200 million Indian Muslims. He went on to add that terrorism is not the issue confronting India alone. Instead the whole world seems to be victim of the menace of terrorism. He said that the time was not good to be egoist. Instead it was time to destroy the terrorism from the face of earth and this can be done through dialogue alone.
He said, “I will appeal to Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to take initiative in launching dialogue on the most important issue of terrorism. Kashmir can be discussed later. Besides, we need to understand the pain of Kashmiris and we need to find a justifiable solution of this issue as well. Bomb attacks, stones, palette guns cannot solve any issue there”.
“I am sure the leaders of both the nations will start sincere efforts to normalize the situation and improve the bilateral relations. Dialogue is the only way to normalize relations in the region and without it the region will remain simmering in a fire that may consume both the nations. Terrorist incidents like Uri and Pathankot are worrisome for us and we need to ensure that such instances are not repeated” said the cleric who has been part of Track-2 diplomacy in the past.