Calling for the resumption of structured dialogue between India and Pakistan to resolve all outstanding issues, Jammu and Kashmir unit of CPI(M) on Saturday said both the countries should appreciate the phenomenal societal change across the border and shed the old ways of thinking.

“Now the time has come that rigidities must be replaced with bonhomie and both the governments should realise urgency of this commitment and make serious efforts to move forward and revamp the stalled peace process,” the CPI(M) State Secretary M.Y. Tarigami said in a statement after addressing a party convention at Khanbal in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district.

The CPI(M) leader said the people of Kashmir are forced to bear the brunt of disruptions in Indo-Pak dialogue.

“I urge India and Pakistan to appreciate the phenomenal societal change across the border and shed old ways of thinking,” he said.

Mr. Tarigami said the “resolution of Kashmir issue” is in the interest of both the countries and the same has the potential to bring peace and prosperity in South Asia.

“It is ironic that resources which need to be utilised for the welfare of the poor and the hungry are being used to keep vigil on glaciers. The two countries should end the path of confrontation and go for reconciliation to resolve all outstanding issues including Siachen, Sir Creek and Kashmir,” he said.

He said with the new government in Pakistan, people across the border are looking for a fresh and refreshing approach in foreign relations of the two countries.

“In order to restore the lost mutual confidence, the two countries need at least, to resolve less contentious issues to pave way for resolution of other outstanding matters,” he said.