Will raise the Kashmir issue in Parliament: Delegation
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Last Updated: Saturday, December 04, 2010, 20:46
Srinagar: The parliamentarian-civil society delegation, which is on a "fact-finding" tour of Jammu and Kashmir, asked the Centre to resume dialogue with the separatists and said it will raise the Kashmir issue in parliament to galvanise public opinion.

"We will raise the (Kashmir) issue in the parliament and on the streets ... we will create public opinion in the country so that Kashmiris feel that the people are concerned about their sufferings and grief," Ram Vilas Paswan, who is leading the delegation, told reporters here.

The delegation met several separatist leaders, including hardline Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani, moderate Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik, since their arrival here yesterday.

After meeting Geelani, the delegation asked the Centre to start a dialogue process for resolution of Kashmir issue and include separatist leaders like Geelani in it.

Paswan told reporters that the delegation had come to do a follow up of the visit of the All-Party Delegation, led by Home Minister P Chidambaram, who visited the Valley in September.

"We are happy to note that the situation in Kashmir is peaceful after the visit of the all-party delegation. The Government announced an eight-point package after the visit but there is no visible implementation of these steps on ground," he said.

Paswan said, "Government should start a dialogue on Kashmir issue and include leaders like Geelani in it."

The LJP president expressed dissatisfaction with the appointment and functioning of three interlocutors appointed by the Centre for holding talks with the cross section of the society.

"There is no political representative in the group and they have not been able to take the Kashmiri leadership on board," he said.

Paswan said the government should make public the number of youth arrested under the Public Safety Act (PSA) and those released after the announcement of the eight-point package by the Centre.


First Published: Saturday, December 04, 2010, 20:46

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