June 2006 News

Ex-Indian CJ to head working group on Kashmir autonomy

3 June 2006
The Daily Times
Iftikhar Gilani

New Delhi: Former chief justice of India AH Ahmadi will head a working group to examine the demand for autonomy, devolution of powers and special status to Jammu and Kashmir. CPI (M) MLA Yusuf Tarigami will be the convener of the group that will scan the history of Jammu and Kashmir since partition and suggest the new centre-state relationship within two months. It will be the most influential group among five other groups promised by Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh last month after holding a two-day roundtable with politicians of Jammu and Kashmir. The task of these groups will be to prepare and submit reports on various issues at the next roundtable expected to be held in August. Sources in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said that Dr Manmohan Singh has authorised Held Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad to nominate representatives from all political parties for the group. The most tiring task before the group will be to discuss the idea of “greater autonomy”, floated by the National Conference of Dr Farooq Abdullah, and the “self rule” idea, pressed by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) of Mufti Muhammad Sayeed.


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