May 2000 News

Involve all regions in dialogue: Bhim Singh

26 May 2000
Daily Excelsior

Jammu: Welcoming the decision of Central Government to initiate dialogue with the Hurriyat Conference leaders, the Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party supremo Prof Bhim Singh today demanded involving of all regions of the State in talks so that all issues could be resolved peacefully. Addressing a press conference here today, Prof Bhim Singh said that the Hurriyat leaders have the representation of section of a society-Kashmiri Muslims and warned that unless and untill all the regions of the State were not involved in the dialogue the Kashmir issue can not be solved. ''All the previous dialogues have failed as Jammu and Ladakh regions were ignored and no one represented the wishes and aspirations of these two regions of the State'', he said and added that if all the regions would not be involved the talks will definitely fail and will boost the morale of the terrorists. Highlighting the plight of Gilgit and Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK) people, the Panthers Party supremo said that Gilgit was annexed by the Pakistan in 1947 and it started using PoK and Gilgit as platform for infiltration and to create bloodshed in the State. But our successive Governments have failed to liberate and reunite it with the India. ''Gilgit is part and parcel of our State and it was the responsibility of the Central Government to liberate it from the Pakistan army'', he said and informed that atleast 12 lakh Indians are in Gilgit and they have been suffering the inhumane treatment at the hands of Pakistan Army because they have no representation. ''It Government of India wanted peaceful atmosphere in the State it should form committee involving those people who have no interest in State and political activities'', Prof Singh said and demanded involvement of PoK and Gilgit besides, Ladakh, valley and Jammu in dialogue. Terming the demand of greater Autonomy as anti-people, anti-democracy and anti-rule of law, Prof Singh alleged that Farooq Abdullah has been raising the issue of Autonomy as he wants to fulfill his dreams of becoming ''Sultan'' of the State with the help of BJP Government at Centre. He said that after the Indira-Sheikh Abdullah accord in 1975 nothing has been left to demand greater autonomy for the State. The restoration of pre-1953 position will never strengthen the democracy and redress the grievances of the people, he said and added that adoption of Autonomy will at once mean withdrawal of fundamental rights and will be a great threat to country''s unity, sovereignty and secular ethos. Ruling out imposition of Governor''s rule in the State, he held both National Conference and Central Government responsible for the deteriorating condition in the State. ''Had the reorganisation of State been accepted by the Centre there would have been no bloodshed in the State'', he said. He demanded statehood for Jammu, democracy for Kashmir and Union Territory for Ladakh and liberation of PoK and Gilgit for the peaceful solution. ''We are also going to form joint-front shortly in which all parties would be involved except BJP and NC'', Prof Singh said and added that Panthers Party would start Chetana Yatra from September 3. Among others who were present on the occasion included Messrs Mushtaq Ahmad Khan, B B Kotwal, Harsh Dev Singh, MLA, Dr Jagdish Dubey, MLA, Kamal Goria, Faqir Chand, Mohd Yousaf Ganai, R S Manju, Aijaz Ahmed, Mool Raj, Jagdev Singh, Thoru Ram Sharma, Bansi Lal Sharma and Jagdev Singh.


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