No Compromise On Sovereignty
- Left Makes Radical Suggestions
- All-Party Meet On Kashmir Ends
New Delhi: An all-party meeting on Kashmir under the chairmanship of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh here on Wednesday discussed the ways and means to end violence in the valley.
Minister of State in charge of PMO Jitendra Singh said after the meeting that all the participants appealed to the people to end violence. They resolved that there would be no compromise on national sovereignty. The Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the government is ready for talks with all the stakeholder.
The meeting expressed deep concern at the situation in Jammu&Kashmir. The meet asked governments at the centre and the State to ensure that the violence is ended and schools and colleges are reopened.
The Left parties have suggested that the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) could be revoked in civilian areas. Sitaram Yechury, General Secretary of the CPM, has suggested five Confidence Building Measures (CBMs). He wanted the government to stop using pellet guns, to organise proper treatment and rehabilitation of the injured, be it civilian or military, to order judicial probe in cases of the excesses by the security forces, to withdraw AFSPA from civilian areas and to revive India-Pak dialogue. The Left leaders argued that AFSPA was withdrawn from Tripura after reaching political settlement. The supporters of AFSPA argue that situations in Kashmir and Tripura are different. Left appeared to be backing the Hurriyat while other parties opposed talks with the separatists at this stage. Some others pointed out that the people of Kashmir should allow things to settle down creating congenial atmosphere for constructive dialogue. The resolution of the all-party meeting made it clear that violence would not solve any problem and it is not in sink with civilised society.
Former Chief Minister of J&K Omar Abdullah commented that there is not a single achievement the all- party meeting can claim.
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