‘NC-Cong govt a stumbling block in dialogue’
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Last Updated: Sunday, July 17, 2011, 20:55
Srinagar: Opposition People's Democratic Party on Sunday accused the Omar Abdullah government of becoming a stumbling block in the dialogue process aimed at addressing internal dimension of the Kashmir issue.

"The current dispensation in the state has proved to be a stumbling block to any progress in dialogue," PDP patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed told a public meeting at Beerwah, 35-km from here.

He said the "disastrous performance" of the coalition had widened the gulf between people of the state and rest of the country and immediate steps were needed to rebuild trust and confidence.

The former Chief Minister said the Union government should initiate meaningful measures to address the internal dimension of Kashmir problem.

He said the refusal of the state government to allow democratic space to the leaders and parties holding different views on the Kashmir issue had created a crisis of confidence among them.

"As a result the dialogue process that had started in 2004 between the two sides at the highest level has broken down and nothing beyond paying lip service is being done to pick up the threads again," he said.

Sayeed said "it is futile to expect revival of the internal dialogue while hundreds of people are in jails and thousands of youths are being persecuted."

"Leaders released as a cosmetic measure to mislead the public are being put under house arrest and their movements severely restricted.

"This attitude is counter-productive and can breed only alienation and the government needs to allow a free play of ideas and arguments which is the essence of our democratic set up," the PDP patron said.


First Published: Sunday, July 17, 2011, 20:55

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