NC Smells Rat, PDP Says Partially Significant

NC Smells Rat, PDP Says Partially Significant

24 May 2012
Rising Kashmir
Abid Bashir & Wasim Khalid

Srinagar: The interlocutors report has evoked mixed response in the Valley from mainstream camp with opposition PDP terming it partially significant, Congress says it will generate debate while ruling NC smelt rat. The response from the separatist camp was on expected lines with both factions of Hurriyat rejecting the report and JKLF terming it as a ‘futile exercise’. “I fail to understand why the Home Ministry has put the report on its website after keeping it for six months. The report should have been tabled in the parliament so that we could have debated it. Putting it on the website doesn’t make any sense,” senior NC leader and MP Mehboob Beg said. He said ruling out implementation of autonomy reflects non-seriousness and contradictory approach of the interlocutors. “On one hand, the report talks about formation of a committee that would study the laws extended to J&K since 1952 and on other hand it rules out implementation of autonomy,” the NC MP said. Terming the report as confusing, he said, “I have seen for the first time a committee recommending formation of another committee to review laws extended to the State. It is a surprise for me”. Another senior NC leader and additional general secretary of the party, Sheikh Mustafa Kamal said the interlocutors did not have mandate of people of J&K. “They don’t have mandate of the people of Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK). They were the representatives of Government of India and three people can’t resolve Kashmir issue,” he said. Expressing his anguish over the report, which ruled out autonomy as a solution for Kashmir, he said, “Kashmir panel has challenged the sanctity of State legislature, which has passed the resolution of autonomy with two-third majority. As for changing the word temporary to special for Article 370, NC will not support any change in the Article. Our relation through instrument of accession with the Indian domain is temporary. No diversion to the article 370 will be allowed”. The PDP chief spokesman Nayeem Akhtar said the interlocutors report can’t be substitute to the solution to the issue. “Though there are many important things like formation of regional councils and making LoC irrelevant. The question is whether the recommendations will be implemented on ground,” he said. He said the document can’t be seen as a solution to the Kashmir issue. “But there are many points which we have advocated in our self rule proposal,” he said. 'The recommendations to make Article 370, which gives special status to the state, a permanent feature of the constitution and increasing the representation of officers from the state in the civil services are also welcome... these are part of our self-rule document. However, the PDP will continue its fight for other demands like the election of the Governor and non-applicability of Article 356 to Jammu and Kashmir,” he said. J&K Pradesh Congress Committee chief Saifudin Soz said the report will generate debate over enlargement of autonomy within the ambit of Indian constitution. “It has advocated the formation of committee to review the laws extended to the State that would ultimately boil down to the Indira-Sheikh accord of 1975. But the report will of course generate a debate where in opinions will be different,” he said. CPI (M) state secretary M Y Tarigami said the report has dealt with serious political issues. “But it can’t be substitute for advancing any political dialogue with those within mainstream and those out of it,” he said. PDF chairman Hakeem Yaseen said there have been scores of report since 1952 Delhi agreement till date but none was implemented. “I hope better senses prevail and GoI implements the report without any delay,” he said. Meanwhile, Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani rubbished the report saying the interlocutors have acted as mouthpiece of Government of India. “I reject this report since it against truth, against sacrifices and against the wider public demand for Azadi. They have kept the Kashmir issue buried in those stacks of pages. They have only served the Indian interests in the report,” he said. Stating that the interlocutors report belied reality, he said, “How can they say there is no consensus on the political demands? Azadi is the dominating stand of majority of the people. They should have asked people instead of sticking to official narratives”. The octogenarian leader accused interlocutors of executing the plan of right wing RSS to divide the State. “It is an RSS formula of splitting the state,” he said. Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said the report was nothing more than buying time to avoid the solution of Kashmir issue. “The report is clear indication that India is not willing for political engagement to solve the issue. The recommendations of interlocutors have just made the issue complex,” he said. He said the interlocutors have split the state into regions, religions, ethnicities, and factions. “We reject this report. It is compilation of lies. We seek solution of Kashmir issue either through international agreements or through dialogue process,” he said. Miwaiz said interlocutors have cleverly recommended in the report to take consider CBM’s as solution to the Kashmir. “CBMs are welcome but it cannot be taken as resolution of Kashmir issue. They can only build conducive atmosphere,” he said. He said India should come out of the paradigm of state-centre relations and solve it. “The Kashmir issue is a dispute and it has to be solved between Delhi, Islamabad, Muzaffarabad and Kashmir,” he said. He said the interlocutors have also rebuffed mainstream parties National Conference and Peoples Democratic Party, who stand for autonomy and self rule proposals. JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik said their decision not to meet interlocutors stands vindicated after the release of the report. “They have advocated communal partition. There is no political will visible in the report to solve the issue. India has 500 nationalities and thousands of ethnic groups. Does it mean you have to talk to everybody while taking decisions,” he said. Terming the report as ‘futile piece of recommendations,’ he said Kashmir is a dispute and need to be solved politically. Agencies add from Mumbai: BJP Thursday said it will not accept any dilution of that premise. 'The accession of J&K with India is complete and total. The BJP will not accept any dilution of that premise,' party spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters on the sidelines of the party's national executive meeting here. He was responding to a query on suggestion by interlocutors on Jammu and Kashmir that a constitutional committee should review all central laws extended to the state and make permanent Article 370 of the Constitution that grants special status to J and K. 'We will give a well thought out and structured response from the party,' said Prasad when he was asked BJP's opinion. Questions are sought to be raised on the accession of J&K with India, he said, adding that the accession is total. 'We wish to make it very clear and categorical that BJP will never accept dilution of that premise,' he said.