JK debates unfolding events

Greater Kashmir

Srinagar, Jan 15: The developments unfolding in Pakistan in wake of its Supreme Court order on arresting the country’s Prime Minister kept people interested in Jammu and Kashmir.
Pakistan’s Supreme Court ordered the arrest of Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on allegations for accepting bribes during his term as Minister for Water and Power in 2010.
The emerging situation caught the attention of politicians, both mainstream and separatists, and political observers alike. A common Kashmiri was no indifferent to the situation.
“Pakistan’s stability is must for Kashmir and any decision by an institution in the country can have bearing on the political issue of Kashmir,” said Chairman Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Geelani.
He termed Supreme Court order as major development in the country. “But it affects us,” he said.
Chairman Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said the development was the “internal matter” of the Pakistan but he added they were watching the unfolding events with “concern”.
“It is a must that democratic institutions should be strengthened and we are hopeful it is a matter of time before election take place in Pakistan,” Mirwaiz said. “It is a transitory phase.”
Ruling National Conference termed the unfolding development as “unfortunate”.
“The country has struggled to have strong democratic institutions in place and institutions are overlapping each other,” said senior National Conference leader and Member Parliament, DR Mehbooba Beg. “Now it is a struggle for survival there.”
Beg said the stable Pakistan was a must for India. He said the recent development in the Pakistan have cast shadows on the upcoming general election in the country.
Opposition Peoples Democratic Party said a stable Pakistan was essential for welfare of Jammu and Kashmir.
“We see the welfare of Jammu and Kashmir only in peaceful and friendly relationship between both the countries and for that stability in Pakistan is essential,” said PDP Chief Spokesman, Nayeem Akthar.
“We hope and pray that democracy takes roots in that country (Pakistan) and the threats to Indo- Pak peace process disappear,” Akthar said.
A senior political analyst in the Valley said the emerging situation in the Pakistan has to be seen in view of the upcoming elections in the country.
“Unfortunately, the democracy could never take roots in the country which has resulted in the instability in the Pakistan polity,” the analyst said.