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Separatists upset with PM's speech

Partly hailing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s speech at an all-party meet in New Delhi, J-K’s mainstream and separatist political parties are upset saying "it falls short of expectation on political front".

india Updated: Aug 10, 2010 22:00 IST
Peerzada Ashiq

Partly hailing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s speech at an all-party meet in New Delhi, J-K’s mainstream and separatist political parties are upset saying "it falls short of expectation on political front".

Moderate All Parties Hurriyat Conference chairman said India was only interested in peace. “Hurriyat is for a permanent solution to the Kashmir dispute. New Delhi should show some clarity on the dispute. Kashmir is a political problem rooted in right to self-determination,” said the Mirwaiz.

Underlining that there were three parties to the problem --- India, Pakistan and Kashmir ---, the Mirwaiz said “a mechanism should be evolved to involve all the parties to address the issue”.

The moderate separatist reiterated his demand to withdraw “black laws” like the Armed Forces (Jammu and Kashmir) Special Powers Act, release of political prisoners and withdrawal of troops from civilian areas. “New Delhi should allow people to protest peacefully and remove troops from towns and city. All this would generate positive atmosphere,” said the Mirwaiz.

Hardline Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani described the PM's statement as “insignificant as it shows no seriousness on the part of New Delhi to resolve the Kashmir dispute”.

“There was nothing concrete offered in the PM's speech,” said Geelani.

People Conference chairman Sajjad Gani Lone, who contested the 2009 parliamentary election, said: “The timing was not right to club together economic aspects at a time when Kashmir is seething with anger over the killings of young teenagers. There were no new revelations on the political front. The guessing game on whether New Delhi will ever deliver seems to continue,” said Lone.

Mainstream opposition leader Mehbooba Mufti, also president of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said “political process should have been the priority. He (PM) should have reached out to those killed and injured. And give peace with dignity to people.”