Separatists must be taken on board for any solution: Mehbooba

Last Updated: Monday, December 20, 2010 - 22:17

Jammu: Opposition PDP on Monday told the
Centre-appointed team of interlocutors on Jammu and Kashmir
that the resolution effort should be invested with more
credibility besides taking the separatists on board to arrive
at any solution to Kashmir problem.

"Repression and denial of rights on the ground cannot
go with a resolution effort and be expected to produce any
positive results", PDP president Mehbooba Mufti told the
three-member panel during an interaction here today.

Jammu: Opposition PDP on Monday told the
Centre-appointed team of interlocutors on Jammu and Kashmir
that the resolution effort should be invested with more
credibility besides taking the separatists on board to arrive
at any solution to Kashmir problem.

"Repression and denial of rights on the ground cannot
go with a resolution effort and be expected to produce any
positive results", PDP president Mehbooba Mufti told the
three-member panel during an interaction here today.

The PDP patron and the former Chief Minister Mufti
Mohammad Sayeed also joined the discussion for a while, the
release said, adding Mehbooba told the interlocutors that the
government "had unleashed full might of the state to impose an
artificial normalcy on people denying them every right to a
decent life."

Instead of providing relief to people in the wake of
the turmoil in the Valley, the NC-led coalition had further
strengthened the "repressive" measures through "wanton" arrest
of youth including teenagers, the PDP leader alleged.

Many of them had fled homes to evade arrest which
could prove the first fatal step to an underground activity,
Mehbooba told the interlocutors.

Referring to the continued detention of most of the
Hurriyat and other leaders and the continuous denial of Friday
prayers at Jamia Masjid in Srinagar, the PDP leader said such
a scenario was an antithesis of an atmosphere of dialogue and
reconciliation.

Discussing various features of Self-Rule with the
interlocutors, Mehbooba informed them that the PDP supported
a solution through evolutionary process that satisfied all
stake holders and took on board all points of view to make it
sustainable.

But any resolution, the PDP president stressed, has to
address the sense of siege that "gripped the state in the wake
of partition".

"We have to rediscover and revive our cultural and
logistical channels of growth that have influenced all the
three regions of the state for centuries but had become a
victim of the politics of partition" Mehbooba said. Mehbooba underlined the need for restoration of the
historic links with Central Asia like the fabled Silk Route
besides channels of trade, travel and communication with the
other side of the state.

The PDP chief said the natural resources of the state
and their present exploitation needed to be revisited to help
any political empowerment sustain.

She said a liberated environment in which the people
could move about without hassles across Line of Control (LOC)
and borders, combined with access to state`s vast
hydroelectric potential could transform the region into
greatest economic story of the subcontinent.

This could open up new areas of hope and opportunity
to youth of the state who are at present facing worst
unemployment crisis, she said.

She said the proposal to have an elected governor by
rotation from all the regions of the state would go a long way
in addressing the issue of equitable political empowerment.

Similarly, decentralization of administrative system
could be served through the PDP proposal of having regional
and sub regional councils. Such a politico administrative set
up could to a large extent answer the challenges that state’s
peculiar regional, cultural and ethnic diversity poses, she
added.

PTI



First Published: Monday, December 20, 2010 - 22:17

More from zeenews

 
comments powered by Disqus