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What Opposition said on Jammu Kashmir issue in all-party meet

The PM also sent a strong message to Pakistan indicting it for fomenting terror in the Valley and reminding it of its “atrocities” in Balochistan and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
August 13, 2016 5:09:23 am
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In an all-party meeting convened by the Centre to discuss the situation in Kashmir, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that J&K debate should include Jammu, Kashmir, Ladakh and PoK. He also sent a strong message to Pakistan indicting it for fomenting terror in the Valley and reminding it of its “atrocities” in Balochistan and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). Here is what some of the Opposition leader said in the meeting on Friday:

Manmohan Singh (Congress)

The most important thing right now with regard to J&K is to defuse the extremely tense and tragic situation. It is certainly true that there have been occasions in the past when tension got built up when we were in government. In the last 10 years, when we were in office, we made serious efforts to find practical and pragmatic solutions to these problems. We recognise that we did not fully succeed. It is now the Government of India’s duty to look into this matter and come up with a road map for defusing the present situation. That alone will convince the people of J&K…

Sitaram Yechury (CPM)

Start dialogue with everybody — all stakeholders. Then lead an all-party delegation to Kashmir. Third, announce stoppage of use of pellet guns immediately. Withdraw AFSPA from all civilian areas. Keep it in those areas where the government suspects there is possibility of infiltration. The whole state is under AFSPA now. Immediately (provide) compensation and medical treatment to the injured. Send instructions to all states that harassment of Kashmiri youths should be taken seriously…. The PM should use the hotline to talk to Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif on the Kashmir issue.

Ghulam Nabi Azad (Congress)

(While) many Muslims in other parts of India embraced Jinnah’s two-nation theory and went to Pakistan, Kashmiri Muslims rejected the two-nation theory in toto; no one on their own went to Pakistan. So what is the reason for (disillusionment) in Kashmir (now)?…. The need of the hour is to reach out to people of Kashmir…. They can’t be won over by confrontation, but by love. The government should implement reports of the five working groups set up by the Manmohan Singh government to resolve the issue confronting J&K, as also suggestions of interlocutors sent in 2010.

Muzaffar Hussain Baig (PDP)

When Kashmir’s identity is challenged, the nation’s identity is at stake. How to bring about the process of reconciliation? It has to be done through immediate, medium and long-term policies…. The problem of policing should be addressed. You have many villages where you do not have police stations. The protesting youth do not have a leader to talk to. Earlier Hurriyat used to influence youth, but now the youth is influenced by people from across the border…. According to Indian constitution, government can get into a treaty and give away any state, but J&K constitution does not allow it.

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