Altaf Hamid Rao,
MIRPUR (AJK): A conference the theme of which was “Jammu & Kashmir -The road ahead” on Sunday called for early resumption of India-Pakistan talks, intra Kashmir dialogue and opening up of all traditional routes between the divided parts of the Jammu & Kashmir to help the people come together for putting forward a formula for Kashmir resolution just in one year, says a report reaching here Sunday from across the line of control.
The conference, held in New Delhi, the report said, was among others attended by National Conference President and three time former puppet chief minister of Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir Dr Farooq Abdullah, noted Kashmir track-II activist O P Shah, National Panthers Party Chief Prof. Bhim Singh, Awami National Conference senior vice president Muzafar Ahmad Shah, noted human rights and social activist Advocate Syed Mujtaba, Majid Memon and senior PDP leader Zafar Manhas, the report added
Addressing the conference, the ANC senior Vice president Muzafar Ahmad Shah reminded government of India of the commitment of India’s first Prime Minister Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru on resolution of Kashmir issue and the assurances of the Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru to Sheikh Abdullah on special status, particularly Article 370 and Article 35A.
Reminding National Conference president Dr Farooq Abdullah of his support to intra “Kashmir dialogue as ”chief minister” of the State, Shah said, “Let the people from both sides of the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir from all regions come together, discuss the issues as they are the principal sufferers to the dispute and they will, I believe, bring forward a workable proposal for resolution of Kashmir issue within one year”, according to the report.
“The Kashmiri leader strongly suggested that Intra Kashmir dialogue should involve the participation of all including Muslims, Kashmiri Pandits, Dogras of Jammu, Budhists of Ladakh, people of Azad Jammu Kashmir (AJK) and Gilgit & Baltistan”, the report said.
The conference was of the unanimous view that no power on earth can scrap Article 370 or Article 35A of the Indian constitution as these constitutional safeguards ensure the existence of the special status of the internationally-acknowledged disputed status of the Jammu and Kashmir state, the report added. Ends
Altaf Hamid Rao,