Dr Beg takes on Chidambaram
‘You raised hopes by resorting to mere rhetoric’
GK NEWS NETWORK
New Delhi, May 2: Senior National Conference leader and Member Parliament from south Kashmir Dr Mehboob Beg on Wednesday accused Union Home Minister P Chidambaram of raising expectations of Kashmiris by resorting to mere rhetoric.
Taking part in the discussion of grants for Home Ministry in Lok Sabha Dr Beg said, “Home Minister had raised the expectations by stating that Kashmir is a unique problem and needs an
Outbox solution. Appointing interlocutors also proved to be a cosmetic measure as the report submitted by them has not been made public till date.”
Referring to 1952 agreement between New Delhi and Jammu and Kashmir, Dr Beg said, “We had entered into an agreement with union of India in 1952 which granted JK a right to be a nation within a nation, but New Delhi has backed out and that agreement is gathering dust.”
Dr Beg said that New Delhi maintaining “silence” over the Pathribal killings and Chatisinghpora massacre in south Kashmir has added to the alienation. “I am answerable to my people as they want to know who killed Sikhs in Chatisinghpora and why the people responsible for Pathribal killings have not been punished till date,” he said.
Referring to Armed Forces Special Powers Act Dr Beg said, “Forces have no right to enter inside anyone’s house and go on a killing spree under the garb of AFSPA,” Dr Beg added.
Referring to the demand for Truth and Reconciliation Council (TRC), Dr Beg said, “We have got hundreds of unmarked graves in frontier district of Kupwara. There is no harm in constituting a TRC so that people come to know what happened to their kith and kin.”
Dr Beg said that people in New Delhi have started believing that situation in JK has become normal. “If you think that peace prevailing in Kashmir is permanent then you are mistaken. Peace cannot prevail till the basic issue is resolved,” he added.
Reminding Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and Home Minister P Chidambaram about their recent statement that Naxalism is a bigger threat than militancy in JK, Dr Beg said, “AFSPA is not applicable in the Naxal affected areas but it remains in force in JK despite PM and Home Minister saying on record that Naxals are a bigger threat.”
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