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Hurriyat rejects interlocutors’ report,calls it farce

The moderate Hurriyat Conference has rejected the interlocutors’ report,terming it as an effort to fragment opinion in the state.

Written by Mir Ehsan | Srinagar |
May 25, 2012 12:33:12 am

The moderate Hurriyat Conference has rejected the interlocutors’ report,terming it as an effort to fragment opinion in the state. Leaders of the mainstream parties,however,have said that they would study the report before commenting on it.

While rejecting the contents of the report,the Hurriyat Conference,led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq,termed it a farce. “This report has tried to divide people by claiming that there is no single opinion in Kashmir,but so many opinions. We reject it,” the Mirwaiz said,adding that the entire exercise of interlocution was a part of the Government of India’s move to buy time.

“We feel that the Kashmir issue is not about recommendations but of political will,and that political will is not visible anywhere in the Indian establishment,”the Mirwaiz said.

Hardline Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani,on the other hand,said that he would react on the report on Friday.

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Chief Minister Omar Abdullah,on his part,said that he would take a few days to examine the report. “I will discuss it with senior colleagues and then react over the report,” he said.

J&K Pradesh Congress Committee president Saifuddin Soz told The Indian Express that the report may lead to a debate among people of divergent views. “I am sure the report will not create any political tension,’’ he added.

Opposition People’s Democratic Party welcomed the report and said it has some good components which are closer to the selfrule formula advocated by the party. “We have developed a lot of conflict resolution literature but we lack implementation,” party’s chief spokesperson Nayeem Akthar said,adding that the reports of working groups have been ignored.

Peoples Conference chairman Sajjad Lone,who has himself compiled a report,Achievable Nationhood,said that he would comment on the report only after reading it..

Report weakens Indian position: BJP

MUMBAI: In its initial comments on the report submitted by the interlocutors on Jammu and Kashmir,the BJP on Thursday said that it would not tolerate any dilution of integration of the state with India and rejected many aspects of the report in entirety.

“We will give a structured response to the report. Integration of Jammu and Kashmir is total and complete. BJP will not take any dilution of this,” said BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad.

In its statement issued at the party’s national meet in Mumbai,the BJP said the report is a verbose document written in denial about certain basic realities. “The report weakens the Indian position so stated in the 1994 resolution of Indian Parliament that PoK is an integral party of India. This report proceeds on the basis that PoK is and will be Pakistan administered and referred to PoK as Pakistan administered Jammu and Kashmir,”it stated

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