Interlocutors polarized JK on ethnic, communal lines: Dr Mehboob Beg

KHALID GUL

Islamabad (Anantnag), June 11: Blaming New Delhi appointed interlocutors for “polarizing” J&K on ethnic and communal lines, senior National Conference leader and Parliamentarian Dr Mehboob Beg Monday said that Kashmiris have offered sacrifices for the political resolution of the Kashmir issue and not for economic packages.
 Addressing a public gathering at his ancestral house at Sarnal here on the 30th death anniversary of his father and NC stalwart Mirza Muhamad Afzal Beg,  Dr. Beg said: “ The interlocutors were nominated at a time when entire Kashmir was boiling. They raised the expectations of people by giving an impression that they will address the political problem. But the report was not made public even six months after it was submitted to the Home Ministry which clearly indicates callousness on part of New Delhi with regard to Kashmir issue.”
 Criticizing the interlocutors for ignoring the aspirations of people, Beg said that people have offered unflinching sacrifices for the resolution of Kashmir issue.
 “In 2010 they came out on streets not for economic and employment packages but for political resolution of the Kashmir issue,” he told Greater Kashmir.
 Terming the report of interlocutors as “disappointing and full of contradictions”, Dr Beg said: “On one hand the report admits that Article 370 has been eroded but on the other it says that clock cannot be turned back and recommends appointment of another committee to look into it. They have ignored the fact that the autonomy resolution was passed in the Assembly in the year 2000 by 3/4 majority of the elected representatives from all the three regions of the state.”
  “The interlocutors have tried to divide the state on religious, ethnic and sectarian lines which is quite unfortunate,” Dr Beg said.
 Hailing the four point formula proposed by former Pakistan President Parvez Musharaf on Kashmir, Beg said that the formula should be adopted as a launching pad by New Delhi and Islamabad to resolve the core issue of Kashmir.
 “I have been advocating the Kashmir issue and representing the aspirations of Kashmiris in the Parliament and would continue to do so in every platform,” he said.
 On the recent threats to the elected village heads, Beg said that the trend is “very dangerous and sends out wrong signals to the people and everybody should unanimously condemn these attacks and threats.”
 “These village heads have been elected by 80 percent majority of the people with their own free will and any threat or attack on them will mean that somebody is forcibly trying to negate the will of the general public,” he said. “The threats, whether from militants or any other quarter definitely sends out wrong signals and everybody irrespective of ideology and party affiliation should join hands to condemn such acts.”
 Commenting on the accusations of a senior doctor that the Health Minister had passed communal remarks against him, Beg said, “If he has said so it is very unfortunate and he should tender apology for that. Only a sick minded person like Narender Modi can be proud of spreading communal hatred and spitting venom.”
 Earlier, Beg while paying rich tributes to Mirza Afzal Beg on his 30th death anniversary described him as “the versatile leader who along with Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah devoted his life for empowerment of Kashmiris.”
 Recalling the contribution of Mirza Afzal Beg, Dr Beg said, “The two main contributions of Fakhr-I-Kashmir, Mirza Afzal Beg have been drafting of 1952 Delhi agreement and the Enacting Land Reforms Act”.
 Beg said that the Delhi Agreement was formed to ensure that we don’t rot in the big ocean.
 “The beauty of this document is that it is perhaps only legal document with constitution within constitution and Republic within Republic,” he said.

Lastupdate on : Mon, 11 Jun 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 11 Jun 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Tue, 12 Jun 2012 00:00:00 IST




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