PDP wants out of box solutions; NC for more autonomy

The opposition PDP in Jammu and Kashmir on Monday asked the visiting all-party delegation to come out of the fixation and consider "out of box solutions" for resolving the Kashmir issue.

Srinagar: The opposition PDP in Jammu
and Kashmir on Monday asked the visiting all-party delegation to
come out of the fixation and consider "out of box solutions"
for resolving the Kashmir issue.

"Although we were given just 15 minutes to put our
point, we have told the delegation that they have to come out
of the fixation and come up with out of the box solutions to
resolve the Kashmir issue. All suggestions from the mainstream
or separatist quarters should be considered," PDP leader
Nizamuddin Bhatt told reporters after meeting the team.

He said the all-party delegation should have visited
the affected areas, including the hospital and district
headquarters, to get a first hand account of the sufferings of
the people.

Bhatt said the present crisis has been a simple
outcome of two factors which need to be addressed - the long
pending Kashmir dispute and immediate "mishandling" of the
situating by the state government.

He said the party has reiterated its demand for taking
steps that will make the situating conducive for starting a
process of resolution which included revocation of the Armed
Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) and removing the "gag on
freedom of expression".

The Centre will have to take steps for "wriggling the
people of the Valley from the siege and stop the killing so
that they feel that they are living in a truly democratic
system".

Restoration of autonomy to Kashmir best solution: NC

Terming the all-party initiative as a good beginning, the ruling National Conference said it has suggested restoration of autonomy to Jammu
and Kashmir as the best solution to resolve the long-pending
issue.

"We have proposed autonomy (restoration of autonomy)
as the solution to the Kashmir issue. It is nothing new as it
is contained in the instrument of accession," senior NC leader
Abdul Rahim Rather told reporters after meeting the all-party
delegation headed by P Chidambaram.

He said the NC made it clear to the delegation that
under the instrument of accession, the division between the
Centre and the State were clearly demarcated with all the
powers of the legislation resting with the state other than
those concerning defence, external affairs and communication.

Rather said over the years the autonomy of Jammu and
Kashmir was "eroded unconstitutionally" which the NC believes
was the reason for the Kashmir discontent.

It began with the arrest of NC founder Sheikh Mohammad
Abdulalh in 1952. In a reference to BJP`s demand for
abrogation of article 370, he said, "Those making this demand
are living in a fool`s paradise."

"Only constituent Assembly of J&K, which submitted its
report in 1956, could have done that," he said.

Rather said that the NC reminded the delegation about
the promises made to the people of J&K with regard to
restoration of autonomy.

"We won the elections in 1996 in all three regions of
the state on the autonomy plank. A resolution was passed by
the Assembly in July 2000 but it was rejected by the then NDA
government without reading it.

-PTI

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