Jammu and Kashmir MLA Abdul Rasheed on Tuesday submitted a resolution in the assembly, seeking the inclusion of the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir-based United Jehad Council (UJC) in the dialogue on the future of the valley.
The legislator once again moved a clemency resolution for Afzal Guru, who is facing the death sentence for
the Parliament attack in December 2001.
“If the US can talk to the Taliban, New Delhi can talk to Naga militants why can’t the UJC be made part of a dialogue process in Kashmir? It’s important to have them on board for the Kashmir resolution,” said Rasheed, who represents the north Kashmir frontier constituency of Langate, which has witnessed severe militancy in the last two decades.
“Even if all political parties reach a solution, militants fighting on the ground need to be taken into confidence. Otherwise, a solution will be difficult to implement,” he said.
Rasheed, an independent legislator, submitted his resolution in Jammu before the assembly, scheduled to meet in the last week of this month for the budget session.
The resolution again pitches for clemency to Guru, an inclusion of elected representatives in the dialogue process and the unconditional revocation of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), which provides a cover of impunity for the security forces during counter-insurgency operations.