Political Parties Flay Mirwaiz Statement On Round Table
9 May 2006
New Delhi: Political parties in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday flayed the statement of Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umer Farooq suggesting their exclusion from the second round table conference and said when Pakistan did not have any problem with elected representatives of the state what is the locus standi of the separatist amalgalm. 'Pakistan has acknowledged the relevance of elected representatives of Jammu and Kashmir. What is their problem? We have never questioned there relevance, then who are they to do so,' National Conference President and leader of opposition Omar Abdullah said from Srinagar. The statement from Omar came in response to the comment made by the Mirwaiz during an interview with BBC Hindi service where he had said that 'those accepting Indian Constitution' should not be a part of round table conference to be chaired by Prime Minister on May 25. The National Conference Chief said the recent by-polls held in the state saw more than 40 per cent turnout in highly militant-infested area like Sangrama. 'They (Hurriyat) should see the writing on the wall clearly,' he said. BJP Vice President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi termed it as totally 'unacceptable' and said any dialogue, negotiations or peace process within the framework of Indian constitution can help restore normalcy in the state. Heavy voter turnout during the recent by- polls in the state despite the boycott call showed the separatists were only a handful, the BJP leader said.