January 2006 News

PDP for self-rule?

23 January 2006
The Hindu
Shujaat Bukhari

Srinagar: The People's Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday reportedly endorsed 'self rule' as the viable solution to the Kashmir problem, but called for a national consensus, besides a free mind to discuss the options for resolution of the dispute. It also called upon militants to shun violence and present a peaceful agenda. The much- talked about proposal of demilitarisation has also found favour, but with a difference greater role for Jammu and Kashmir Police in internal security. At a two-day special session of its central working committee, which began in Jammu on Monday,the party mentioned that ideas floated by different quarters to solve the Kashmir issue need to be examined in a resolution circulated to the Press. However, sources said 'self- rule' as a viable solution to the problem was unanimously endorsed by the working committee. 'The view was that it is a proposal worth consideration,' said a senior party leader, adding that the PDP is 'open for any other solution acceptable to all parties involved in the issue.' The former Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, presided over the meeting, which was also attended by party rebel and former Minister Ghulam Hassan Mir. Though he expressed his reservations on the proposal of self- rule and for a greater role for the police, he voted for the resolution, the sources said. The resolution urged the Centre to take on board all the major political parties to evolve a sustainable consensus on the need for resolving Kashmir through peaceful means. 'The Government should carry forward the confidence- building measures to enable greater, hassle free and productive interaction between the people across the Line of Control,' the resolution added.


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