December 2006 News

Release 1960 Kashmir talks' papers: PDP

27 December 2006
Indo-Asian News Service

Jammu: An ally of Kashmir's ruling coalition Wednesday urged the publication of documents relating to the 1960 India-Pakistan talks on the state, as also on the parleys between New Delhi and a key Kashmiri leader of the time.Transport Minister Hakeen Yaseen, who is also the chairman of the People's Democratic Party (PDP), a junior ally of the Congress-led coalition, said what transpired at the 1960 talks should form the basis for 'carrying forward' the India- Pakistan peace talks 'and arriving at a solution to the Kashmir problem'.Yasin, who is a strong votary of the peace process, surprised political quarters Wednesday evening when he issued a statement making the demand. The PDF is the third largest group in the multi-party coalition.Urging the central government to make public the 'Kashmir centric parleys' involving the state's then prime minister Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah, then Indian prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru and then Pakistan president Ayub Khan, he said: 'All documents, letters and correspondence that had taken place between the three leaders should be made the basis for carrying forward the settlement of all issues relating to Jammu and Kashmir.'According to Hakeem, many 'formulas are being circulated with regard to Jammu and Kashmir's political scenario and the settlement of issues without taking care of the people's aspirations and the root cause of confrontation.'The time is ripe for the people to know the details of the parleys that had taken place,' the minister maintained, adding: 'Much headway had been achieved during those days in relation to the settlement of all issues regarding Jammu and Kashmir.'The people want to know the canvas of those parleys and the proposals discussed between the three leaders. The document could prove highly significant in addressing the issues in their right perspective,' Hakeem maintained.


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