Solution For J-K Should Not Ignore Secular Ethos: Tarigami
27 March 2005
Jammu: Hailing the efforts by India and Pakistan for opening of Uri- Muzaffarabad road, state secretary of CPI(M) Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami said both the countries should not ignore the secular ethos of the entire state in resolving the Kashmir issue. 'The historic values of Jammu and Kashmir has an essential ingredient of having a secular ethos in the state and it cannot be compromised in facilitating any solution to resolve the issues pertaining the state,' Tarigami told reporters he was re-elected as the secretary of the state unit of the party at a two-day conference here. The CPI (M) state conference deliberated on serious political issues facing Jammu and Kashmir and the thrust was to resolve the thorny question of Kashmir issue, he said. 'The party feels that there could be no cut and dried formula for resolving the Kashmir issue but it could only be evolved out of the ongoing peace and dialogue process in the state,' Tarigami said. Describing the opening of Uri-Muzaffarabad road as historical achievement, Tarigami said that the bus service should not be limited to divided families but should involve people at various levels from both sides. He also emphasised the need for opening of other routes to Pak-occupied-Kashmir. He said the state conference adopted a political resolution which warned against any attempt to the division of the Jammu and Kashmir. The resolution pleaded for immediate implementation of autonomy resolution passed by the state assembly in 2000 with the regional autonomy for Kashmir, Jammu and Ladakh.