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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  1. A
    Jul 5, 2014 at 1:57 pm
    But then it will be too late for India
    1. B
      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
      1. 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.
        1. J
          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.
          1. S
            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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