Mainstream camp accuses New Delhi of adopting‘discrepant’ Kashmir policy

AS KASHMIR ISSUE TURNS 66

ABID BASHIR

Srinagar, Dec 19: As Kashmir issue continues to linger on even after 66 years, Jammu and Kashmir’s mainstream camp Wednesday termed New Delhi’s Kashmir policy as “flawed and aimed to benefit its own political interests.” As the world gears up to say good-bye to year 2012, the parties, irrespective of their ideologies, maintained that no follow-up to the exercises initiated by Government of India in the past have rendered all efforts futile.
Senior National Conference (NC) leader and Member Parliament, Dr Mehboob Beg, said it was an irony to see the Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde dissatisfied with the prevailing peace in valley. “Is it that he wants to see Kashmir a graveyard?” the MP questioned. He said when the world is moving towards settlement of disputes, it was unfortunate that Kashmir continues to linger on despite facing 22 years of conflict.
“New Delhi has to show flexibility and take concrete steps. There have been enough reports like Kashmir Committee report, Working Group reports and recently the interlocutors’ report, but the follow-up is missing,” he said. “The dilly-dallying approach of Government of India has to change and people of Kashmir need to be given peace dividends. How long will we continue to suffer, six decades have already passed.”
He said the policy adopted by New Delhi on Kashmir would result in further alienation of people, especially the youth, who have gone through worst times of the conflict. “If Delhi continues with the same policy, the move would have dangerous consequences,” Dr Beg said.
Joining the chorus, the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) opines that Kashmir-specific measures have been left to freeze. “A beginning was initiated in 2003 when then Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee was heading India. That was not a move started by Delhi or Islamabad but credit for that goes to the people of Kashmir as the step ensured ceasefire between the two nations,” said PDP chief spokesman, Naeem Akthar.
“Unfortunately, over the past five years, steps taken to channelize the Kashmiri sentiment stopped.” He blamed Chief Minister Omar Abdullah for sabotaging Kashmir resolution. “What can we expect when Chief Minister distances himself from the resolution process? He says it is an issue to be resolved by India and Pakistan which is an irony,” Akhtar said.
MLA Kulgam, M Y Tarigami, said he has been observing the political developments across the sub-continent for quite some time now. “I have no hesitation to say that India and Pakistan have shelved steps once aimed at Kashmir resolution. The two countries have instead focused on their own domestic issues and political benefits,” he said.
Tarigami said huge investments made by India and Pakistan in the name of Confidence Building Measures and reports have yielded nothing on ground.
“The situation is as it was- pain, anger, sufferings continue and the issue continues to crave for solution,” he said.
Seconding Tarigami, MLA Khansahab, Hakeem Muhammad Yasin expressed serious concern over the ‘callous’ approach of New Delhi towards Kashmir resolution. “When Kashmir was on boil for three consecutive years since 2008, All-Party Delegation visited Kashmir and advocated eight-point package. I am surprised not even a single recommendation has been met,” he said. “The people of J&K are very unfortunate. We prayed for Kashmir resolution in 1947 and we will continue to do same in 2013.”

Lastupdate on : Wed, 19 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 19 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 20 Dec 2012 00:00:00 IST




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