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PDP finalises its draft of Self Rule

According to the PDP the draft offers multi-dimensional package for the resolution of Kashmir ctisis, reports Arun Joshi.

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

After givingmore than ayear-long verbal editionsofits Self Rule,Peoples Democratic Partyon Sundayclaimedto have finaliseditsdraftofSelf Rule, which itsaid,would offera comprehensivesolution 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 thatit 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 wasjust areflection of theIndian democratic system, alreadyoperational inJammu and Kashmir, and a day after National Conference president Omar Abdullahsaid that it was a"bit ofbeg, borrow and steal" version of various roadmaps offered on Kashmir byNational Conference, Peoples Conference, President Musharrafandinternational study groups.

Baigin 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 Jammuand 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 underliningthat how important it wasfor thestate to tap its manpower, enterprise and resources to be aself-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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First Published: Feb 18, 2007 17:34 IST