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Mirwaiz's group backs demilitarisation of Kashmir

india Updated: Jun 20, 2006 19:40 IST
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Reiterating its support for Pakistan's proposal to demilitarise Jammu and Kashmir, the Awami Action Committee (AAC) on Tuesday urged New Delhi to soften its "rigid stand" so that the process to resolve the Kashmir issue could be taken to its logical conclusion.

"Like the positive and clear policy of Pakistan, India should give up its traditional policy on Kashmir and adopt a clear-cut and sincere policy so that the peace process among the three concerned parties -- India, Pakistan and the people of Kashmir -- could be taken to its logical conclusion," said a resolution passed at a workers' rally of the AAC that is led by led by Mirwaiz Umer Farooq.

The rally was organised by the AAC -- the main constituent of the Hurriyat Conference -- at its headquarters in Mirwaiz Manzil to commemorate the 42nd raising day of the party, founded by Farooq's slain father Mirwaiz Moulvi Mohammad Farooq.

Expressing concern at growing incidents of human rights violations, the resolution said these had gone up despite assurances by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that they would be curbed.

"It is imperative for the resolution of the Kashmir issue that the ground situation should improve, but unfortunately the rights situation is getting worse day by day," it said and supported Pakistan's proposal for demilitarising Jammu and Kashmir.

"The demilitarisation of Kashmir, in such a scenario, is urgently needed so that the ongoing dialogue process could be made successful," the resolution said.

It also sought the unconditional release of politicial prisoners and an end to bloodshed in the state.