PDP demands round table conference to resolve Kashmir issue

Opposition People`s Democratic Party (PDP) on Sunday said in order to resolve the Kashmir issue, a round-table conference should follow confidence building measures taken by the government.

Last Updated: Feb 26, 2011, 16:55 PM IST

Srinagar: Opposition People`s Democratic Party (PDP) on Sunday said in order to resolve the Kashmir issue, a round-table conference should follow confidence building measures taken by the government.

"If Prime Minister Manmohan Singh wants to solve the Kashmir issue, a round table conference should be called in which all stakeholders, mainstream and separatists, should be invited," PDP patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed said addressing a large gathering of supporters here.

Sayeed said four confidence building measures must be implemented before the proposed round table conference is convened by the Prime Minister.

The four measures include release of political prisoners and stone-pelters, revocation of Disturbed Areas Act, curtailment of special powers given to the Army and reduction
of the armed forces from civilian areas.

The PDP founder lashed out at the Omar Abdullah-led state government for allegedly arresting young boys on the pretext that "something will happen in June".

"Today, my youth are being arrested because government thinks something will happen in June, but you can only arrest a person, you cannot keep his ideas captive," he said.

"During my tenure, not a single political activist remained in jail," the former chief minister said, flaying the state government for arresting Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai and High Court Bar Association president Mian Abdul Qayoom.

Without naming separatists, Sayeed said the two sides have unanimity only on the three basic issues of prisoner release, revocation of AFSPA and reduction of armed forces.

Reiterating his demand for compensation to Jammu and Kashmir due to loss of water resources on account of the Indus Water Treaty between India and Pakistan, Sayeed assured the
farmers of the neighbouring country that his party does not aim to change the course of the rivers flowing into their territory.

PTI