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Hurriyat 'vindicated', others see merit

While the separatists are feeling “vindicated” for their stand on boycotting the interlocutors on the future of Jammu and Kashmir, mainstream parties have endorsed “some good elements in the report”.

india Updated: May 24, 2012 22:38 IST
Ashiq Hussain

While the separatists are feeling “vindicated” for their stand on boycotting the interlocutors on the future of Jammu and Kashmir, mainstream parties have endorsed “some good elements in the report”.

“The interlocutor committee was formed just to buy time to manage the Kashmir crisis in 2010 and the report they have submitted is nothing but a bunch of recommendations to improve Centre-state relations,” said moderate Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.

Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chairman Yasin Malik was in agreement.

“Our decision of not meeting the interlocutors has been proved right,” Malik said.

Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee president Saifuddin Soz said: “My impression is that this will generate some discussion on the question of enlargement of autonomy within the Constitution of India.”

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP), the main opposition party of the state, is not very optimistic.

“There are some good elements in the report – the endorsement of some part of our self-rule document. But what is important is to carry forward the recommendations,” said People’s Democratic Party spokesman Nayeem Akhtar.