Soz Rebuts Reports On 'inefficacious' Kashmiri Parliamentarians

Soz Rebuts Reports On 'inefficacious' Kashmiri Parliamentarians

15 February 2014
Authint Mail
Neyaz Elahi

Srinagar: Responding to reports that the Kashmiri members didn’t raise the problems of their people in Indian parliament, the Jammu and Kashmir Congress president and Rajya Sabha member, Prof Saif-u-Din Soz Saturday said he raises Kashmir issue with all vehemence and diligence. “Tell me which issue I did not raise in Parliament. I never ignored any issue pertaining to Jammu and Kahsmir; be it Pathribal fake encounter, AFSPA, train service, Machil fake encounter, unemployment, Prime Minister’s Special Scholarship Scheme or occupation of forces in hotels and other buildings, I made every effort to raise these issues in the parliament” Soz said, adding that he never compromises when it comes to Kashmir. Soz said that despite a busy schedule, he never missed an opportunity to raise any issue related to Jammu and Kashmir. He said a day after Army closed Pathribal fake encounter case, he vehemently raised the issue with India’s defense minister and asked Jammu and Kashmir government to approach Supreme Court of India. “My stand on Pathribal fake encounter is clear. I want Jammu and Kashmir government to become a party and approach to Supreme Court,” Soz said adding that Kashmir was my constituency and it was always on his mind. He said that in Rajya Sabha, he raised questions about the illegal arrests and detentions of Kashmiri youth in outside states and urged Prime Minister of India to ensure their release and pay compensation to their families. “There are some issues which do not find a space in a section of press but that does not mean I have failed to represent Kashmir,” he said. Responding to a query, Soz said that he does not believe in exit polls which claim that Congress will get only one Parliament seat in Jammu and Kashmir. “I hope the Congress party would emerge winner in Jammu and Kashmir in both parliament and assembly elections. So many intellectuals, former bureaucrats and politicians are joining Congress party which makes it clear that this party is very vibrant in Jammu and Kashmir,” he said. Soz said it was his vocal support for the incorporation of 73rd amendment that Jammu and Kashmir government finally incorporated it in letter and spirit. “The incorporation of 73rd amendment in Jammu and Kashmir Panchayati Raj Act will make the Panchayati Raj Institutions strong and viable. Our motive is to give due share to Panchayats so that they could participate in governance,” he said. When asked Prime Minister’s Special Scholarship Scheme has proved to be damp squib and under this scheme future of Kashmiri students was put at stake, Soz said that he has taken up the matter with the Prime Minister of India and HRD Ministry and he is hopeful that all the students will be accommodated in different professional colleges.