Reacting to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement about the need to “find a permanent solution” to the Kashmir problem within the framework of the Constitution, the separatists said Monday that the “only road to peace is through right of self-determination”.
“For a lasting solution of Jammu & Kashmir dispute, the Indian state must shun state violence and uphold international law, respect and adhere to the UN charter and especially the UN resolutions on Jammu & Kashmir… We understand that the universal principle of Right to Self-Determination is the only road through which peace can be achieved in Jammu and Kashmir,” said Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani.
Separatist leader Shabir Ahmad Shah rejected any dialogue “within the framework of the Constitution”.
“The people of J&K aren’t sacrificing their lives for any development or employment, but for the achievement of that right which has been acknowledged by the international community,” Shah said.
Independent MLA Engineer Rashid, who refused to be part of the delegation of opposition leaders that met President Pranab Mukherjee and the PM, termed Modi’s statement as an “insult to the sacrifices” of the people of Kashmir.
“Since Nehru was the first elected PM and as such he was the custodian of Constitution of India and a commitment agreed in the UN to hold plebiscite itself becomes part of Constitution of India,” Rashid said.
“If Government of India still believes that giving right to self-determination to Kashmiris is something against the Constitution of India, then let Indian Parliament amend the Constitution,” he added.