Pak Had No Role In Valley Unrest: Paswan

Pak Had No Role In Valley Unrest: Paswan

6 December 2010
Rising Kashmir
Ishfaq Ahmad Shah

Srinagar: Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief Ram Vilas Paswan has said Pakistan had no role in the recent unrest in the valley and was rather fuelled by the indifferent attitude adopted by the government to the civilian killings. Paswan, who led the parliamentary and civil society delegation to the valley, said they will raise the four points proposed by separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani with New Delhi. In an interview with Rising Kashmir, Paswan said the Indian government should have no hesitation to discuss Geelani’s proposal. “But as far as the disputed nature of Kashmir is concerned, it will not be acceptable to any government,” he added. He said the delegation will also impress on New Delhi to resume dialogue with Pakistan and separatist leadership in the valley. Ruling out Pakistan’s role in the recent unrest in the valley, he said, “It all was a reaction to the killing of Tufail Ahmad Mattoo and later to the attitude adopted by the government to deal with the protests.” “Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and the armed force officials should have met the family members and expressed solidarity with them instead of showering bullets on those who participated in the funeral processions. Within three months 111 persons were killed who were innocent children not terrorists or Pakistani nationals. We can’t blame Pakistan on everything,” he added. On his assessment of the situation after meeting various sections of society here, Paswan said, “People of Kashmir have grown in fear and anger against India. They don’t say that we want to become a part of Pakistan but want Azadi. They are like sulking children who need to be persuaded with love and sincerity and not by calling police against them.”


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