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Panun demands 'white papers' on separatists' visits to Pak

UNI  Jammu, February 18, 2013
First Published: 15:05 IST(18/2/2013) | Last Updated: 15:17 IST(18/2/2013)

The Panun Kashmir - an amalgam of Kashmiri Pandit organisations on Monday asked the Centre to issue 'white papers' on facilitating the visits of Kashmir-centric separatists' to Pakistan.

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"We view with serious concern the policy of the government in facilitating the secessionist elements of Kashmir to visit Pakistan over the years," Ashwani Kumar Chrungoo, president,
Panun Kashmir said in a statement here.

"We demand that the government issue a 'white paper' explaining the objectives and reasons for facilitating such visits. It also needs to explain the reasons which have compelled them to 'outsource' its Kashmir policy over the  years," Chrungoo said.

He said in case it is part of the so-called track-II parleys, then the whole process is under compete cloud.

There is a need for the Indian state to review the whole process of engagement with Pakistan and make a paradigm shift from its current policy paralysis on Kashmir.

"It has been observed that the secessionists have used these visits to meet forces that are inimical to the sovereignty and security of India," the Panun leader said adding that the visits have been used to plan and create new grounds for 'fermenting' trouble in the Kashmir valley on a perpetual basis.

The 'magnanimous attitude' of the government towards the secessionist elements is being misused to meet the likes of Hafiz Sayeed, he alleged.

Virender Raina, spokesperson said the Kashmiri Pandits, being the prime victims of terrorism in Kashmir, have the responsibility to caution the nation about the multifaceted threats emerging from the current political situation in the region.


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