Sheikh's Son Says Accession With India Temporary

Sheikh's Son Says Accession With India Temporary

3 July 2012
Kashmir Observer


Srinagar: Bristling at Congress leader and cabinet minister Taj Mohiuddin’s description of autonomy as a ‘closed chapter’ for Kashmir, Dr. Mustafa Kamaal, senior leader of the ruling National Conference on Tuesday re-asserted that the state’s accession to India was temporary, and that the Indira-Abdullah Accord of 1975 was incomplete. Kamaal said that the Congress minister’s take on the as-yet undisclosed Justice Sagheer working group report was “misrepresentation,” as several Indian prime ministers had had already endorsed the autonomy demand. “Several recommendations made after talks between Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah and Indira Gandhi are un-implemented till date,” Dr. Kamaal, son of legendary Kashmiri leader said in an interview. “Both Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah and Indira Gandhi had to refer back to their respective legislatures on the Beg-Parthasarthy recommendations, but things never progressed to this stage,” he said. “The recommendations had talked of forming final views on five important points, including the posts of sadr-e-riyasat and prime minister for the state, and the jurisdiction of the Election Commission, Supreme Court and Comptroller and Auditor General,” he said. “The agreement between the state and the centre over the recommendations remained incomplete, because after they were made, Sheikh Abdullah never met Indira Gandhi,” he said. “Instead, Indira Gandhi left the matter hanging by linking it to Pakistan in parliament,” he said. Referring to the Indira-Abdullah Accord as “so-called,” Dr. Kamaal rejected the contention that Sheikh Abdullah had come to power on its basis. “Had Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah been power-hungry, he would not have held negotiations with Indira Gandhi from 1972 to 1975,” he said. “He would have assumed office instantly.” “It was over this issue that Sheikh Abdullah’s government was toppled in 1977, and the Congress made Mufti Muhammad Sayeed the leader of its legislative party,” he said. “But the then governor, LK Jha, refused to install Mufti as chief minister, saying that the constitution did not permit it,” he said. “Had matters been already settled, why was Sheikh Abdullah unseated?” he said. “It was Indira Gandhi who had extended a hand of friendship to Sheikh Abdullah, and it was she who backed out,” he said. “Indian prime ministers like Narasimha Rao and Dr. Manmohan Singh have too have talked of restoring autonomy to Jammu and Kashmir,” he said. Taj Mohiuddin can’t claim a higher status than them.”