KCSDS submits memorandum, favours dialogue and CBMs

A civil society group, which met the all-party team here, has urged parliamentarians to initiate long term steps for result oriented dialogue between India, Pakistan and stakeholders in Jammu and Kashmir.

Last Updated: Sep 21, 2010, 15:47 PM IST

Srinagar: A civil society group, which
met the all-party team here, has urged parliamentarians to
initiate long term steps for result oriented dialogue between
India, Pakistan and stakeholders in Jammu and Kashmir, besides
undertaking confidence building measures.

The nine-member delegation of Kashmir Centre for
Social and Development Studies (KCSDS) has submitted a
memorandum suggesting initiation of long term steps towards a
result-oriented trilateral engagement with Islamabad and
Srinagar to address the Jammu and Kashmir dispute.

Among the long term steps, the KCSDS called for
phased, time-bound and verifiable demilitarisation and
engagement with main stakeholders, facilitating re-opening of
road connections between the state and its neighbouring
regions for trade and commerce as existed prior to 1947 and a
meaningful dialogue "with Srinagar for the final settlement of
Jammu and Kashmir".

According to KCSDS, the short term measures include
release of all political prisoners, including those arrested
during past three months, removal of bunkers and other
security establishments from all civilian areas to the
pre-1989 position and fixing responsibility for civilian
killings, fake encounters.

They also called for initiation of legal action
against those members of armed forces responsible for killing
of innocents, withdrawal of AFSPA, Disturbed Areas Act and
Public Safety Act (PSA).

The KCSDS said all those people who have migrated from
the state in the wake of 1990 situation should return and an
end be put to the civilian killings and other human rights
violations.

PTI