‘I have never seen the Kashmiris in a more conciliatory mood or a more defensive and reasonable mood than I did when I went there in May. All of them said, “raasta nikaliye.”‘

‘Farooq Abdullah has said hundreds of times that the LoC has to be recognised as the international boundary. So that is where the solution lies, it lies on the LoC.’

‘Infiltration is not the important thing. For me the more important thing is what you’re asking, “Pakistan ki niyat kya hai?”‘


A S Dulat has spoken many times with Rediff.com on the Jammu and Kashmir issue. He knows Kashmir better than any of his contemporaries. Dulat, retired chief of the Research and Analysis Wing, India’s external intelligence agency, was then prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s advisor on Kashmir.

He is perplexed by the Narendra Modi government’s stance to call off foreign secretary-level talks and then the Bharatiya Janata Party’s Mission 44 plan to win power in the J&K assembly election.