Kashmir is politically settled issue: Kashmiri Pandits

Maintaining that the accession of the state to India is "full, final and irrevocable", a Kashmiri Pandit organisation on Saturday said that the Kashmir issue has been politically settled.

Updated: Nov 27, 2010, 16:24 PM IST

Jammu: Maintaining that the accession of the state to India is "full, final and irrevocable", a Kashmiri Pandit organisation on Saturday said that the Kashmir issue has been politically settled.

"Kashmir is a politically settled issue and cannot be reopened to the caprice and whims of anti-national elements that are bent upon to balkanise the country," All State
Kashmiri Pandit Conference (ASKPC) chief AN Vaishnavi told reporters here.

Vaishnavi, who was along with Panun Kashmir president Ashwani Chrungoo, said "Kashmiri Pandits are indigenous people of the Kashmir Valley and we treat the accession as full, final and irrevocable."

The ASKPC chief also took a serious note of statements made by the Centre-appointed interlocutor Dileep Padgaonkar, who termed the Kashmir issue as a "disputed" one.

"Padgaonkar`s controversial statement terming the Kashmir issue as a `dispute` and asking Kashmiri youth to prepare a roadmap for azadi cannot be accepted by the nationalist forces in Jammu and Kashmir," Vaishnavi said.

The statement that "focus of this dialogue is to seek a large area of agreement as you can get to arrive at a comprehensive, political settlement of the Kashmir dispute"
transgresses the stated Indian position on Kashmir and the unanimous Parliament resolution of 1994, he added.

Asking Chief Minister Omar Abdullah to take back his statement on accession, Chrungoo maintained that the accession of Jammu and Kashmir has taken in the same manner in which it took place in case of other princely states of India in 1947.

"We need to understand that Jammu and Kashmir has always been cynosure for Pakistan which made all attempts in past to trigger trouble in the state," he said.

PTI