Undeterred by violence, govt obstinate to maintain territorial integrity

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Harbans S Nagokay

The government today cleared its intentions regarding solution of the Kashmir issue, saying that they will not compromise with the territorial integrity of the nation and who so ever will try to vitiate the atmosphere will be dealt with stern hands.

Meanwhile, government also cleared that they will not constitute any more committees to survey Kashmir problem, as they know problem lies with Pakistan and from now onwards efforts will be made to free ‘Ghulam Kashmir’ from the clutches of the Pakistan.

According to political experts, a resolution which was passed by the congress government in early 90s and remained ‘untouched’ will be taken up by the BJP, claiming it to be the only solution to the Kashmir problem.

“In 90s, Congress government under the leadership of PV Narsima Rao passed a resolution regarding freeing of Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) ‘Ghulam Kashmir’ from the clutches of the Pakistan, but this resolution was never touched by the congress in last 20 years,” said political experts, claiming that BJP has taken an initiative to work on this resolution and if proper efforts are put in, the solution of Kashmir issue is evident.

The experts said that the BJP has now onwards concentrated focus on the ‘freedom of PoK’.

Moreover, the political experts further said that the present regime has clarified its stand on the Kashmir violence and declared that there is no space for anti-nationals.

“The BJP leadership has ended the soft corner for separatists forces, which was entailed by the previous governments in the nation,” said experts, “The government has also made it clear that no more committees will be formed to understand the cause of violence in Kashmir, as the only cause of concern is interference of Pakistan in the internal affairs of the India and it will be solved with the freedom of PoK,”

The experts, reading the nerves of the present regime said that all the anti social and anti national elements must keep this thing in mind that ‘India will not tolerate their hooliganism and will be dealt with the stringent hands.’

It has also been cleared that the government will not take away the use of already in use weapons to control mob.

Giving detail of the history regarding efforts to settle Kashmir issue, experts said the first time an all-party delegation visited Kashmir to assess the situation was in January 1990. It was headed by the then deputy prime minister Chaudhury Devi Lal and included among others the then leader of opposition Rajiv Gandhi.

The visit came against the backdrop of the kidnapping of the then Union home minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s daughter Rubiya Sayeed and the subsequent release of militants in exchange for her freedom

The first major initiative by the United Progressive Alliance-I government under the then prime minister Manmohan Singh was the announcement of a roundtable conference in Delhi in February 2006. While all mainstream political parties attended, the separatist camp boycotted it. The second roundtable was held in Srinagar in May 2006 and the separatists again boycotted it.

In May 2006, Singh announced the setting up of five working groups to resolve the issues confronting Jammu and Kashmir. The groups were assigned for improving the Centre’s relations with the state, furthering the relations across the Line of Control (LoC), giving a boost to the state’s economic development, rehabilitating families of militants and reviewing the cases of detainees and ensuring good governance. All the groups gave their recommendations but none has been implemented yet.

Again on September 20, 2010, a 39-member all-party delegation visited Kashmir to assess the situation in the wake of violence that claimed more than 120 lives in three months from June. The delegation gave eight suggestions, including appointing a team of interlocutors.

Experts cautioning people to maintain calm, said that now the time is high for them to introspect what they want, peace and prosperity in the state or continuous bloodshed.

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