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Agreement, but stir to continue

india Updated: Aug 25, 2008 00:06 IST
Arun Joshi
Arun Joshi
Hindustan Times
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A day after marathon talks between the government and Sri Amarnath Sangharsh Samiti, suspense lurks over when its outcome will be announced.

Negotiating teams reportedly reached a “broad understanding” after three rounds. The government’s team leader S.S. Bloeria said the talks were “fruitful and productive” and Samiti spokesperson Suchet Singh said the “nitty gritties have been worked out”, but that was it. There were no more details.

The Samiti on Sunday alleged the government was resorting to “delaying tactics” under pressure from separatists in Kashmir. “It is clear the government is delaying the whole thing because of pressure from the Hurriyat Conference,” Samiti convenor Leela Karan Sharma said.

The Samiti, heading the Jammu agitation, has announced an extension till August 31. It was to end on Monday evening. Singh said that unless word comes from the government, the “agitation will continue”.

The two sides had a minor disagreement over the words “land to be made available” or “diverted” to the shrine board for the period of the pilgrimage. But a source said: “It was a matter of technical use of the words, nothing else."

The agreement announcement was held up due to the situation in Kashmir, where “independence” marches have got tremendous response. Backchannel moves are on to reach out to Kashmiri leaders to get them on board on the issue, although the separatists have said the land is “no issue for them”.

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