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Pol parties, Hurriyat hail revocation of Dogra certificate

india Updated: Apr 29, 2011 13:45 IST

Political parties and both factions of Hurriyat Conference on Friday hailed the decision of Jammu and Kashmir government of revocation of the Dogra certificate with the opposition PDP saying the move "exposed" the state government's "callous approach".

Opposition PDP president Mehbooba Mufti said rescinding of the Dogra certificate order has "exposed" the state government’s "callous approach" in dealing with issues.

"It is unfortunate to see the way the state government is taking so casually the issues which have the potential of vitiating the atmosphere in the state," she said.

Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) of north Kashmir's Langate constituency Abdul Rashid said that rescinding of the Dogra certificate has vindicated his stand.

Rashid, who is an independent MLA, termed the revocation order has exposed the "short-sightedness and lackadaisical" approach by the ruling NC-Congress coalition government.

Hardline Hurriyat Conference also termed the revocation of the Dogra certificate as a "victory" of the people of Kashmir and said it will be a morale booster for Kashmiris.

"It (revocation of the order) is the victory of the people of Kashmir, it is the victory of principles," Hurriyat spokesman Ayaz Akbar said.

He said the revocation of the order has proved that nothing is "unachievable" if "we stand determined and resolute".

"This is a moral booster for us," he said.

The hardline Hurriyat headed by Syed Ali Shah Geelani had threatened to call for protests if the government did not rescind the order to issue Dogra certificates before the end of this month.

The Jammu and Kashmir government on Thursday 'superseded' the controversial Dogra certificate order, two days before Geelani's ultimatum was to end.

Geelani was not available for comments as he had left home for an undisclosed location to address a Friday gathering. The Hurriyat office bearers refused to divulge any details about Geelani's programme.

The moderate Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said rescinding the orders on Dogra certificate has exposed how mainstream politicians are using legislative Assembly to "devise strategies" against the majority population in the state.

"This (rescinding) is what we wanted. By issuing such orders, the Jammu and Kashmir government wants to divide and sub-divide the state," Mirwaiz said.

He said there is a need to remain vigilant against such orders in the future.

"In future, people will have to keep an eye on all these laws and bills because it seems that the mainstream political parties are using Assembly as a platform to devise strategies against the majority population in Jammu and Kashmir," he said.