Parties In Kashmir Reject Interlocutors' Report As Govt's Trick To Buy Time

Parties In Kashmir Reject Interlocutors' Report As Govt's Trick To Buy Time

24 May 2012
India Today


Srinagar: The moderate faction of Hurriyat Conference on Thursday rejected the interlocutors' report on Kashmir, terming it a farce and a move to fragment opinion in Jammu and Kashmir. The Hurriyat also said the report has rebuffed the mainstream political parties, who had pinned much of their hope on the committee's recommendations. Chief Minister Omar Abdullah did not react to the report, which was made public this afternoon. 'I will not be reacting to the interlocutors' report for the time being. I will take a few days to examine the report, discuss it with senior colleagues and then react,' he said. However, chairman of the moderate faction of Hurriyat, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, was blunt. After glancing through the report, Mirwaiz said the whole exercise of interlocution was part of government's move to buy time. 'Hurriyat feels that the issue is not of recommendations, but of political will. But the political will is not visible anywhere in the Indian establishment. Recommendations given by interlocutors are nothing but an exercise to prolong the Kashmir issue and present it as a complex problem,' Mirwaiz said while addressing a press conference. 'There are only two opinions in Kashmir. One is the mainstream opinion that seeks solution of the dispute within the ambit of the Indian constitution. The other is the pro-freedom opinion, which considers Kashmir as a dispute and seeks solution in talks between New Delhi, Islamabad, Srinagar and Muzaffarabad. The second opinion is the dominant one in Jammu and Kashmir,' he added. 'In this report they have tried to divide us by saying there is no single opinion in Kashmir but so many opinions. We reject the report.' Mirwaiz said that trade between two parts of Kashmir, revocation of Armed Forces Powers Act and demilitarization are just confidence building measures, and nothing more. 'They are not a solution to the Kashmir dispute. By talking about trade and other related issues, the report has made it clear that it was an exercise to buy time,' he said. Mirwaiz added the mainstream political parties have been rebuffed by the interlocutors' report. He insisted that Hurriyat seeks solution to Kashmir issue through dialogue between all parties of the dispute. 'There is need to have a political dialogue aimed at resolving the issue. If India wants to delay the solution by forming committees and interlocutors, it can do it. They feel they have military might and numbers and they can manage the problem. That is what they are doing. That is what interlocutors have done,' he said, adding that if the government is interested in a solution then it should move beyond recommendations and committees. The pro-independence Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik said, 'Our decision not to meet the interlocutors has been proved right. They have shown complete intellectual bankruptcy in this report. 'They are trying their level best to divide Jammu and Kashmir on communal lines and such moves will have serious consequences for whole of South Asia.' Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) spokesman Nayeem Akhtar said, 'A lot of resolution literature has been generated, but what is important is the implementation and follow up. There cannot be any cut and dry resolution to Kashmir problem because it is so complex. So, whatever we think is good must be implemented.' Akhtar added that whatever the interlocutors have said has been stated earlier in detail. 'What is needed in Jammu and Kashmir is implementation of recommendations on the ground. And all we see on ground is that Union home Minister visiting Srinagar and ordering removal of a bunker, which is the job of the SSP. This is being conveyed on the ground,' he said.