Govt asks separatists to come to the negotiating table

Jammu and Kashmir government on Thursday asked separatists to come to the negotiating table and present their viewpoint in a democratic way, underlining dialogue as the only way to resolve issues.

Last Updated: Oct 07, 2010, 20:44 PM IST

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir government on Thursday asked separatists to come to the negotiating table and present their viewpoint in a democratic way, underlining dialogue as the only way to resolve issues.

The separatists should come forward to present their view in a democratic way as Chief Minister Omar Abdullah`s sincere approach has brought about a constructive change in the entire Indian political spectrum, which would go a long way in addressing Kashmir problem, Rural Development Minister Ali Mohammad Sagar said today.

Winding up discussion on the current Kashmir unrest in the Legislative Council here, the minister said conducive atmosphere is building up for resolving Kashmir problem, which needs to be capitalized by all stake holders.

"Omar`s sincere approach needs whole-hearted public support and positive overtures from one and all to build upon the emerging scenario," he said and asked people of the Valley, particularly the youth, to strengthen the hands of the Chief Minister in his endeavours to facilitate a political discourse to address the Kashmir problem.

He said government has initiated confidence building measures which can be sustained only with public support.

He said release of 50 youths, removal of 16 bunkers and constitution of committee to review Public Safety Act cases and identification of areas for taking out of Disturbed Areas Act, are steps in the right direction.

Asserting that forces instigating violence are destined to be defeated, he said that their gameplan of destabilizing the Government would never succeed.

"These forces neither possess sympathy nor have any concern for public welfare. Politicking on dead bodies is their old habit," he said without naming anybody.

Describing Kashmir as an issue craving for solution, he said the Chief Minister, has already conveyed to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and other appropriate forums that political initiative has to be taken to address Kashmir problem permanently.

The minister said Union Home Minister P Chidambaram has also remarked that Kashmir is a unique problem requiring unique solution in the highest legislative forum of Parliament.

Highlighting steps taken by the government to bring to book those who had violated human rights in the state, he said 19 FIRs had been lodged in different police stations and a judicial commission of inquiry launched into cases of human rights abuse.

He said the All Party Delegation`s visit had led to positive results in the Valley where peace was returning gradually.

Launching a scathing attack on the main opposition party, he said "opportunist PDP again resorted to politickingand issued conflicting statements to fuel unrest."

PTI