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Peoples Conference to release vision document on J&K

The party will be releasing its 263-page vision document on Kashmir, reports Arun Joshi.

india Updated: Jan 04, 2007 15:58 IST
Arun Joshi
Arun Joshi

Peoples Conference will make public its 263-page vision document on Kashmir on Saturday, which its leadership claimed, would "offer much more to Kashmiris within the territorial dynamics than is being marketed", at the moment.

"It is an evolutionary model seeking accommodation of suffering, pain and aspirations of the people of J&K within the current territorial dynamics," Peoples Conference chairman Sajjad Gani Lone told Hindustan Times ahead of the release of the vision document.

This vision document is coming out exactly a year after Peoples Conference leadership had met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi in January last year, and promised that it would come out something on Kashmir solution in black and white.

"Now, we will send the  copies of the document to the Prime Minister, and also to Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf."

Peoples Conference is going to project it as an 'evolutionary model', in which the subjects flow from Srinagar and Muzzaffarabad to Delhi and Islamabad rather than the other way round.

"It tends to accommodate pain, suffering and aspirations of the people in the emerging spirit of accommodation. India and Pakistan can do that," Sajjad said.

But Sajjad makes it clear "it is by no means exhaustive, nor is it a final word, it should initiate debate and clear confusion."

Though he didn’t name any thing, but his reference was clearly at PDP’s self rule, National Conference’s autonomy, which also confers respect to the political sovereignty of India and Pakistan over the territories of J&K under their respective control.

The distinct difference, Sajjad pointed out, is that the Peoples Conference’s vision document inspired  by the Irish model and Hong Kong model, envisages that "within current territorial dynamics, lot more can be offered to Kashmiris than is being  marketed."

It was an obvious hint that his 'vision' document had set sights at bigger bargain than the National Conference and PDP. "This reflects realistic aspirations of the people and it is a solution that doesn’t create polemics nor that lulls the  parties into the state of bargaining politics, but offers a sacred permanence."

Peoples Conference is one of the leading separatist groups that profiles itself as moderate. The document traces the historical perspective of the problem - a clear reference to the pre-partition freedom struggle and the events of 1947 and the UN resolutions and what happened thereafter. 

It also has spotlighted the current peace process between India and Pakistan. The Kashmir issue has become a big impediment in the smooth flow and exchange of ideas and their translation on ground.

"Our roadmap will show how we progress can be achieved on Kashmir. Placing Kashmir in the global perspective, the document has devoted more than 10,000 words on various conflict areas in the world.

"The Northern Ireland conflict and the solution that appeared working there have consumed a lot of space. It is the lack of knowledge at times that defies solution and look beyond ideas."

It also offers an analysis of what Sajjad Lone calls, 'psychology and reality'. This part takes into account the mindset and the reality. At times, the two gel, on other occasions those are contrasting images. But the attempt has been made to synthesize the two.

Sajjad says, "Supply of weapons don’t sustain violence, it is the mindset. Therefore, it is necessary that a solution that is sustainable is to be accepted, the patchworks would yield only fragmented solutions, not the holistic ones."

First Published: Jan 04, 2007 15:58 IST

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