Nitish Kumar Says Dialogue, Peace Alone Can Resolve Kashmir’s Issues


New Delhi: Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar has asserted that "dialogue and peace" could alone resolve Jammu and Kashmir's issues.

"No solution will come from confrontation and that disputes can be resolved through talks only," said Kumar, who received the first Mufti Mohammad Sayeed Award at a function in Jammu. He was conferred the award for 'Probity in Politics and Public Life' by governor NN Vohra at Jammu University's auditorium.

The award was constituted by the People's Democratic Party to commemorate the death anniversary of PDP founder Mufti Sayeed, who passed away on January 7, 2016 after a brief illness. Bihar DyCM Sushil Kumar Modi and Jammu and Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti were also present during the occasion.

In his thanksgiving speech, Kumar also recalled his close association with the late Mufti, who served as union home minister during the VP Singh government at the Centre when Kumar was the minister for state for agriculture. He praised Mufti for his efforts to bring back peace to the valley.

Vohra, while paying tributes to the late CM, also recalled his contributions in the state's development and underlined the importance of a transparent and accountable government.

Expressing the need to restore peace, the governor stressed authorities should promote the interests of youth and not allow disruptions to their studies and careers.

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