Cong appreciates govt initiative in J&K

Congress today appreciated the Centre`s initiative in Jammu and Kashmir saying that the all-party delegation to the state was a process and not a destination in itself.

Last Updated: Sep 22, 2010, 21:28 PM IST

New Delhi: Congress today appreciated
the Centre`s initiative in Jammu and Kashmir saying that the
all-party delegation to the state was a process and not a
destination in itself.

"It is important to treat it (all party delegation) as
a process and not as a destination. It reflects the bonafide
of the government in consensual approach on a vital issue,"
party spokesman Abhishek Singhvi told reporters here.

He described the deliberations of the all party
delegation as a "concrete" step saying the idea was to avoid
adversarial posture not only within Jammu and Kashmir but also
in other parts of the country.

Noting that the "spirit" of the initiative has to be
taken into consideration, Singhvi termed it as "constructive
approach of engagement" hoping that things will happen in
national interest.

He said it was no mean achievement that so many
parties went to Kashmir as part of the all-party delegation.

Asked about the opposition to autonomy and AFSPA by a
section of the party in the state, Singhvi said no one is
opposed to autonomy adding that there were different
perspectives and perceptions.

"It is premature to jump to conclusions. Views much
more disagreeable and extreme are to be heard. It does not
mean the government is accepting it," he added.

Emphasising that it was an "extremely delicate issue",
he said various parties could express divergent opinion on it.

PTI