Spell Out Kashmir Solution You Arrived At: BJP To Manmohan Singh

Spell Out Kashmir Solution You Arrived At: BJP To Manmohan Singh

4 January 2014
Times of India


New Delhi: BJP has asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to reveal the contours of a breakthrough on Jammu & Kashmir with Pakistan that was thwarted due to former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf having to demit office. Leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley said he hoped the purported deal did not amount to an 'interim resolution' suggested by Pakistan such as dilution of the line of control and a tripartite decision-making mechanism. Jaitley said he expected the PM to clarify that his remarks at a press conference in Delhi on Friday did not result in a setback to India's painstaking efforts to internationalize terrorism rather than the Jammu & Kashmir dispute. By even suggesting such a resolution, India could squander its gains. Demilitarization of the valley without dismantling the terror infrastructure by Pakistan would be disastrous,' he said. 'A few years ago when Musharraf was living in exile in London he had given a similar indication. What was this possible resolution on Kashmir? The people of India are entitled to know an answer to this question,' Jaitley said. Jaitley pointed to a 1994 Indian Parliament unanimous resolution asserting that POK was an integral part of India's territory and said, 'Pakistan has an unfinished agenda on Kashmir. It has not reconciled to Kashmir being integral to India's sovereignty ... India's negotiating space on territory in the context of Kashmir resolution is negligible.' The BJP leader slammed Congress's support for separate status, the National Conference's advocacy for pre-1953 status, PDP plank of self-rule and the separatist slogan of 'Azadi' saying all these formulations are intended to dilute India's sovereignty. 'Their intention is to weaken the constitutional and political link between Jammu & Kashmir and the rest of the country,' he said, adding that some Pakistani observers and Kashmiri groups have spoken about the currency of the two countries being valid tender in J&K. 'I do not know if any or all of these were a subject matter of the 'almost arrived at' resolution to the Kashmir problem. I hope the truth is otherwise. I further hope that I do not have to wait for the memoirs of the Prime Minister to know the truth,' he said.