Ruling NC Wants Centre To Fulfill Nehru's Promise Of Plebiscite In Kashmir

Ruling NC Wants Centre To Fulfill Nehru's Promise Of Plebiscite In Kashmir

10 January 2013
India Today
Naseer Ganai

Srinagar: A week after blaming army for 2010 unrest in Kashmir, ruling National Conference has now asked centre government to fulfill promise of 'plebiscite in Kashmir' made by the then prime minister Jawahar Lal Nehru. 'Pandit Nehru made a promise to people of Kashmir at Lal Chowk in Srinagar that when peace will prevail, people would be given right to choose their fate. But the promise was never fulfilled. New Delhi instead jailed tallest leader of J&K, Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah, in 1953. It is high time for Government of India to fulfill promises made by Pandit Nehru,' Sheikh Nazir, NC general secretary, said, addressing his party workers at Nawai Subh complex here. Nazir was flanked by the Minister for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Ali Muhammad Sagar; Minister of State for Home, Nasir Aslam Wani and others. Sheikh Nazir, who is cousin of Dr. Farooq Abdullah, described autonomy as fundamental right of Kashmiris and equated it with independence. 'Autonomy means independence,' he said. Opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) described the statement as pandering to fundamentalists. 'Both Congress and the NC have failed to provide governance in the State. People are crying for basic amenities like electricity and gas but ruling parties are raising emotive issues,' said a PDP spokesman. He said Congress in Jammu was raising issue of Pakistani refugees and the NC in Kashmir talks about plebiscite. 'In these times this kind of brinkmanship could lead to major disaster. This is developing into dangerous situation and can bring Kashmir and Jammu into head on collusion,' he said. The PDP spokesman accused NC of talking something else in Delhi and something entirely different in Kashmir. 'The Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah, ask Hurriyat to talk to Government of India and his uncle Sheikh Nazir, who is patriarch of the NC calls of plebiscite in Kashmir. This is division of labour,' he said. Earlier, he said that Dr. Mustafa Kamal, uncle of the chief minister and additional general secretary of party, had blamed India for all 'wrongs in Kashmir'.