Separatist PPP opens communication channel with interlocutors
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Last Updated: Friday, February 25, 2011, 15:12
Srinagar: Breaking ranks from separatists who have refused to interact with Centre's interlocutors, Peoples Political Party (PPP) today said it will send a roadmap for resolution of Kashmir issue to the team.

"I am offering this roadmap on behalf of the people of Kashmir so that the notion that Kashmiris have nothing to offer ends. So we are offering this (roadmap) to the Government of India through the interlocutors," PPP chairman Hilal Ahmad War told reporters here.

War, who said it is an initiative being taken by the party on its own, is the first separatist politician in the Valley to establish contact with the interlocutors as others have so far described the process as an exercise in futility.

He said it was "sad" that interlocutors on Kashmir are trying to give the notion that nobody in the "pro-freedom camp" has a roadmap or solution.

"Just because some leaders in the resistance camp confess they have nothing to offer does not mean the search should stop there," War said.

He said Kashmiris do have solutions to offer to the Centre and Pakistan.

War asked the government to "soften" its Kashmir policy. He said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh "needs to enact a role of a bold visionary" and consider a solution of Kashmir outside the "rubric of Indian federalism".

"To desire a leadership role in world affairs, India needs to be perceived as a country that can rectify its past mistakes," he said.

War said hardline Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani's five-point formula is not a roadmap but "confidence building measures".


First Published: Friday, February 25, 2011, 15:12

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