BJP for restoring peace in Kashmir prior to any talks

Ahead of tomorrow`s all-party meeting to discuss the situation in Kashmir, BJP today asserted that total peace should be restored in the Valley.

Last Updated: Sep 14, 2010, 20:00 PM IST

New Delhi: Ahead of tomorrow`s all-party
meeting to discuss the situation in Kashmir, BJP today
asserted that total peace should be restored in the Valley
which is in the "grip" of rioters prior to any talks between
the government and separatists.

"At present the Valley is in the grip of rioters. The
BJP wants total peace in Jammu and Kashmir prior to any talks
and is of the opinion that unless this happens any form of
talks is useless", party spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain told
reporters here.

Against the backdrop of the sudden flare-up in violence
in Kashmir, the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) had
yesterday put off any decision on contentious issues like
Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) and called an
all-party meeting on Wednesday to discuss the volatile
situation.

The CCS had reiterated government`s intention to restart
the process of dialogue with different sections of the people
of Jammu and Kashmir.

Hussain said usually when the law and order situation
deteriorates in any place, there is a demand for increasing
security, but in Kashmir the situation is the opposite.

"J&K is in turmoil due to wrong policies of the state
and the Centre and the need is to have more forces but the
Congress is looking to reduce the number of security
personnel", the BJP leader charged.

Maintaining that the BJP was against any dilution of the
AFSPA, he said the views of the Army, para-military forces and
Congress differ on the matter and "government should pay heed
to issues raised by the Army."

Dubbing J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah as a "flop" and
a "failure", he said Congress should not forget that they are
coalition partners in the state with the National Conference
as also heading the government at the Centre.

PTI