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PDP finalises its draft of Self Rule

india Updated: Feb 18, 2007 17:34 IST
Arun Joshi

After giving more than a year-long verbal editions of its Self Rule, Peoples Democratic Party on Sunday claimed to have finalised its draft of Self Rule, which it said, would offer a comprehensive solution to the Kashmir problem.

A peep into the draft of Self-rule was given by its author Muzzaffar Hussain Baig at the Political Affairs Committee meeting in Jammu late on Saturday evening. He said that it offers "a multidimensional resolution package taking care of not only the external and internal dimensions but the geographical dimensions of the problem as well."

"Self Rule offers a multilayer solution involving constitutional, political, social, trade and economic aspects of the problem with stress on political and economic empowerment of the state's people and not its government."

He said it also extends to "other part of Kashmir accommodating the real aspirations of the people, in all the regions of the state, upto the maximum," making it clear that it is relevant for the Pakistan controlled Kashmir, which is having its own problems with Islamabad.

PDP made announcement of the finalisation of its draft of the Self- Rule, after  Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said that it was just a reflection of the Indian democratic system, already operational in Jammu and Kashmir, and a day after  National Conference president Omar Abdullah said that it was a "bit of beg, borrow and steal" version of various roadmaps offered on Kashmir by National Conference, Peoples Conference, President Musharraf and international study groups. 

Baig in his briefing at the PAC said that "Self Rule is aimed at providing the central element for a comprehensive architecture to be devised for the final and strategic settlement of the Kashmir issue taking care of the stands and stakes of all the concerned parties including India, Pakistan and the people of the state."

"It aims at the restoration of full empowerment to the people of the state, provided and guaranteed under the Instrument of Accession and Article 370 of the Constitution of India. At the same time it offers adequate remedies and guarantees for the intra-regional and sub-regional issues within Jammu and  Kashmir," he said. 

"Self-Rule cannot sustain itself without a fair and realistic degree of self-reliance. It will, therefore, entail a policy and action of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible economic and human development, full mobilisation and utilisation of the resources of the state and a reliable and substantial fiscal support by the centre for valid reasons and on legitimate equitable grounds,"  Baig said underlining that how important it was for the state to tap its manpower, enterprise and resources to be a self-dependent entity.

The PAC meeting observed that the "Kashmiri Pandits have an important role to play in the present and future of the state. The return and the rehabilitation in the Valley of the Kashmiri Pandit minority and their involvement in the peace process remains of deep concern to the party." 
 
"We see Kashmiri Pandits as an integral part of Kashmiri society and essential for the strengthening of the composite, but, pluralistic culture which has defined Kashmir historically," he said.

The PAC reiterated its demand for measured reduction of troops from the internal security duty and revocation of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) as a confidence building and reconciliatory measure. It also called for vacation of agricultural land, orchards and government buildings acquired by the armed forces after the eruption of turmoil in the state. 

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