June 2000 News

US plan to divide Kashmir

21 June 2000
The Nation

Srinagar: The puppet Chief Minister of Held Kashmir, Farooq Abdullah has disclosed that a formula has been prepared to divide the state. Speaking in the Assembly Farooq Abdullah said that new borders are being created in Jammu and Ladakh along River Chenab and Malbek. He said that National Conference will not divide the state but a formula is under review to divide Kashmir in New Delhi. He said under this formula, there will be new international border along with Chenab Leia and Kargil. He said it''s a pity that these people who opposed the division of Kashmir have now finalised the proposed formula for Kashmir division. He further said that it has been planned to divide Kashmir in four parts. Criticising BJP and Congress, he said that these parties have no courage to wage war. He said that Kashmiris are being subjected to oppression for the last 50 years. Lashing out at BJP, he said that in fact, this party is responsible for Kashmir situation. According to prominent English daily of Held Kashmir, Greater Kashmir, the United States is actively working on the formula to divide Kashmir and the ruling party of India BJP has also agreed to it. The report says that the Kashmir division formula has been presented by study group in United States which has the complete support of US. This formula has been named Chenab Formula under which an independent state comprising the Muslim-dominated areas has been proposed. This state will comprise Kashmir Valley three northern tehsils of Kargil districts Doda and Rajouri and one tehsil of Odhumpur. PPI adds: Puppet Chief Minister of Occupied Kashmir Farooq Abdullah threatened Wednesday to push through a controversial autonomy plan, amid angry exchanges in the troubled state''s legislative assembly in Srinagar. As opposition legislators accused him of playing up the autonomy issue to deflect criticism of his administration, Abdullah said he had instigated the debate in good faith. ''I could pass this resolution right now,'' Abdullah said, underlining the fact that his ruling National Conference party enjoys a two-thirds majority in the Indian Held Kashmir assembly. ''But we want debate not just here, but in the rest of India.'' The plan, which envisages full autonomy for the Muslim majority Occupied state, except in matters related to finance, defence and communications, is bitterly opposed by the government in New Delhi, which sees it as a first step on the road to secession. On the second day of a special week-long debate on the issue, Abdullah sought to reassure the plan''s critics. ''We are not anti-India,'' he said. ''Why can''t (the central government) listen to our argument?'' National Conference officials say autonomy is essential to finding a lasting solution to the 10-year Muslim freedom struggle in Indian Held Kashmir that has claimed more than 60,000 lives. The BJP heads the coalition government in New Delhi, but has a negligible presence in the Kashmir assembly. Some Kashmiri militants want a merger with Pakistan, while others are seeking independence. If the autonomy package is adopted by the state assembly, it will be forwarded to Indian President K R Narayanan for approval. A senior National Conference official said the resolution was likely to be passed Saturday ''as there is lot of pressure by party leaders and workers''. The National Conference has the required two-thirds majority to pass the resolution, but would find itself at loggerheads with the BJP-led coalition in New Delhi, in which the Conference is a partner. ''


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