Separatists reject Narendra Modi’s development plank for J&K

Mirwaiz urged the Centre to shun traditional approach on Kashmir.

By: Press Trust of India | Srinagar | Published:July 4, 2014 6:30 pm

Jammu and Kashmir separatists on Friday rejected the developmental plank of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to win the hearts of the people, saying Kashmir was not an economic issue but a “political problem” requiring a political solution for peace in the sub-continent.

“The lingering Kashmir issue is a grave threat to the entire region. This issue is neither an issue of economic concessions nor connected to steps like train service,” moderate Hurriyat Chairman Mirwaiz Umer Farooq said in Srinagar.

The Mirwaiz said the reality is that peace, prosperity and development of the entire region is linked to the resolution of the Kashmir issue.

“Unless the issue is addressed in its historical perspective and in accordance with the political realities, there is no possibility of restoration of everlasting peace and ending uncertainty,” he said.

His remarks came in the wake of Modi saying, “Our priority is to win the hearts of every citizen of this state through development.” The Prime Minister was addressing a gathering after inaugurating the Katra rail line project in Jammu.

Mirwaiz urged the Centre to shun traditional approach on Kashmir and adopt a policy that reflects ground realities.

He said a “meaningful dialogue” was the only way forward to address the issue.

Criticising the clampdown on separatist leadership and imposition of restrictions in the city for Modi’s visit coinciding with the first Friday of the holy month of Ramzan, he said “arm-twisting tactics are bound to complicate the situation”.

Meanwhile, hardline Hurriyat Conference Chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani said Delhi “cannot win” the hearts of the people of Kashmir through development.

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    Amit
    Jul 5, 2014 at 1:57 pm
    But then it will be too late for India
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      babu
      Jul 4, 2014 at 5:23 pm
      just use force and clear the area, allow it to grow and develop other parts of country. Have best infrastructure and employment. Deal it like punjab
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        Subhash Bennur
        Jul 5, 2014 at 11:35 am
        Kashmir separatists will be swept off their feet once development becomes the main agenda in the heart and mind of the people. Separatists are afraid of development strategy more than any thing else.
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          James Bond
          Jul 5, 2014 at 3:33 pm
          Modi saab,Remove the section .... and start constructing hotels,multistorey buildings and give sites to retired soldiers ,return our pundits.Do not worry few days disturbance will happen after few years everything quitens.
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            Sim ran
            Jul 5, 2014 at 11:24 am
            Couldn't agree with you more. We can cut our defence budget by half and use this money for development.
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              GIRISH CHAWLA
              Jul 5, 2014 at 1:45 pm
              i would like to ask Hurriyat Chairman Mirwaiz Umer Farooq a simple question,does he wants kashmir to be a part of India or stan?
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                Shrinath
                Jul 5, 2014 at 12:07 pm
                First put the separatist leaders in Jail. See that, they do not receive money from outside India. Develop infrastructure and increase the job opportunities. The problem will vanish automatically.
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                  Hitesh
                  Jul 4, 2014 at 3:43 pm
                  In my opinion what the government of India should do is hold a referendum amongst the people of India and let the people decide if Kashmir should be given independance from India.I say give them the independence and leave them at the mercy of stan and China only then they will realize their mistake
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                    Katewal
                    Jul 5, 2014 at 10:33 pm
                    The entire separatist group as well as its key leaders should be arrested for being traitors and after a speedy trail if found guilty should be given maximum allowed punishment. Alternative would be to ask these people leave for stan where their leaders reside and say good riddance. If they choose stan they will get a beating/leesons from their Taliban bothers in stan.
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                      Happy
                      Jul 5, 2014 at 11:21 am
                      Are you nut? Give to stan and you will see armies from both stan and China sitting on your head. Use your head if you .
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                        Happy
                        Jul 5, 2014 at 11:26 am
                        Separatist does not know what is development. They prefer like Congress keep people uneducated and without job so the can become jihadi to fulfill Mirwaiz dream.
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                          True opinion
                          Jul 5, 2014 at 11:27 am
                          This is not a case of a referendum, Mirwaiz wants to address the issue in it Historical perspective. Thats easy just take your to Pak and stay there.
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                            shonawill
                            Jul 5, 2014 at 10:27 am
                            Under which scenario can the Consution be amended to get our beautiful Kashmir out of Nehru/UN interference?
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                              usdoc1
                              Jul 5, 2014 at 1:51 pm
                              Ask the "separatists" where would they all like to be if their wish is not granted. Send them all to that place or country -- one way ticket.
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                                Citizen
                                Jul 4, 2014 at 3:23 pm
                                Probably the nation is not aware and these guys are not telling the truth how much money from the other parts of the nation is being pumped up during the last six plus decades to provide security and improve that part of the country and yet pundits were made to take asylum in their own nation??? This is only because of weak and vote bank leadership of the nation. Let us put an end to this issue in the interests of both the nations and close the issue for the sake citizens of both nations not for politicians and other so called vision less leaders. Jaihind
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