Civil Society Calls For Efforts To Resolve Kashmir24 July 2010
Srinagar: Expressing concern over the ongoing crisis in the valley, a civil society group has appealed the state government and New Delhi to take steps to remove the “trust-deficit” at various levels and make efforts for final settlement of Kashmir issue. According to a statement issued here on Saturday, meeting of the civil society group was held which was attended by Dr Altaf Hussain, Abdul Qayoom Bakshi, Muhammad Shafi Pandit, Dr G M Shah, Qazi Mohammad Amin, Syed Noor-ul-Hassan, M Saleem Beigh, Shakeel Qalander, G R Hasrat Gadda, Syed Afaq Qadri, Haji Abdul Majid Butt and Shafi Ahmed Qadri The group attributed the turbulence in Kashmir to the unresolved political issues between India and Pakistan. The members stressed that Kashmir issue can only be resolved through peaceful and result-oriented dialogue among the stake holders. The members appealed the state government and New Delhi to take immediate steps to remove the trust deficit at various levels and move towards a final settlement of the issue. They expressed concern over the situation arising from continued curfews and hartals. The meeting called on the state government to release innocent persons arrested during the recent incidents. “It is gathered that people in their teens have presently been incarcerated in jails along with criminal elements which is not only highly undesirable but is in clear violation of laws,” the members noted. The group urged the administration and opinion leaders of all shades to create conducive conditions to put the education and health care systems back on rails and ensure that livelihood particularly of the marginalized and disadvantaged sections of the people is restored immediately. “The civil society expects the state government to take immediate steps to make the state functionaries and institutions accountable and in this context make all relevant statutory commissions fully and effectively functional,” they said. Meanwhile, the meeting, according to the statement, also decided to give shape to an organization comprised of concerned citizens from a cross section of civil society. The aim is to keep issues of common concern affecting the day to day lives of the people under review and bring such issues to the notice of the concerned governments and authorities at appropriate levels for immediate remedial action.