Withdraw armies, reunite JK: Civil Society tells India, Pak

ARVIND SHARMA

Jammu, Dec 14: The visiting civil society members from Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK) have urged India and Pakistan to withdraw their armies from both sides of Kashmir in the interest of peace and as a step towards the resolution of the Kashmir issue.
 The civil society members, from across the border, who are here on a three day visit, reiterated that they are in favor of the reunion of the Jammu and Kashmir state with free movement of people and trade through historic routes.
 Talking to Greater Kashmir, former Chief Justice of PaK Supreme Court, Justice Abdul Majid Malik said; “We want reunion of the state, free movement of people and trade between the two sides through historic routes”.
 “For the time being, if these issues are addressed it will be more than enough keeping in view the political situation in both the countries,” he said.
 Malik said they believe in peace and resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir issue by involving people of the state on both sides of border.
 Blaming the successive governments of both the countries for prolonging and complicating the Kashmir issue, Malik said; “J&K issue is created by governments of both the sides not by the people of the state as such we want to get it settled by involvement of people from both sides of Kashmir”.
 Coming down heavily on the bureaucracy of both the sides, Malik, who is on his third visit to Jammu said; “Bureaucrats first complicate the issues and when they retire, they try to resolve the same only to keep themselves busy and in the limelight”.
 He said the real sufferers on both sides are the people especially the middle class but they are not involved in talks for resolution of the issue. “The issues are of the people not of the bureaucrats. Why the people who are the real stakeholders are not involved in talks?” he questioned.
 He also said that the governments on both sides were never serious towards the resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir issue. “Had they been serious the issue would not have kept lingering all these years”, he said adding that the talks at the diplomatic level are held and then suspended in between following some development here or there and this has been going on since years but the issue still remains unresolved.
 The 18 member delegation from PaK, including two members from Pakistan, will interact with the civil society members of Jammu and Kashmir today and tomorrow and will discuss common concerns and joint initiatives for strengthening peace.
 Centre for Dialogue and Reconciliation (CDR), New Delhi, has been organizing this dialogue process since 2005 and the Jammu conference will be the fifteenth in this series.
 The conference will explore ways to strengthen the scope of people to people contact across the LoC, explore ways to strengthen current Confidence Building Measures (CBM) and partnerships across the LoC among people working in different fields and profession.

Lastupdate on : Fri, 14 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 14 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sat, 15 Dec 2012 00:00:00 IST




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