March 2007 News

CPI-M criticises PDP demand for troop cut

29 March 2007
Indo-Asian News Service

New Delhi: The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) Thursday criticised Jammu and Kashmir's ruling coalition partner People's Democratic Party's (PDP) demand for troop withdrawal but said peace zones could be identified to reduce the troops and introduce economic activities in the state.Suggesting that the states could identify peace zones and central forces could be withdrawn from there, the CPI-M, in an editorial in party weekly 'People's Democracy', said: 'To begin with, at least some pockets in the state need to be identified in this manner. If they succeed, then their extension to larger areas must be considered. However, we repeat, this should be done with the involvement of all political forces in Jammu and Kashmir.'Most importantly, this should not be, in any way, linked with other political agendas of domestic political compulsions in the state. For instance, the demand for the withdrawal of the central armed forces cannot and should not be linked with the issue of governance of the state like the PDP has recently suggested,' the editorial said.The PDP had demanded troop cut and withdrawal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act from the state.The CPI-M urged the government to have a multi-pronged approach to Jammu and Kashmir.'It is absolutely imperative that the people of Kashmir must be given both moral and material support in these beleaguered times. We have consistently been advocating a multi-pronged approach to tackle the situation.'The communists, who support Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's government, asserted that there could not be any compromise in meeting the threat to India's internal security.'All measures required for meeting the terrorist menace must be undertaken and there can be no lowering of guard on this score.'All the political forces in the state, both in and outside of the government, must be brought into the ambit of talks and consultations to evolve a political solution,' the article said, adding that the dialogue between India and Pakistan should continue.'Fourthly, an increase in developmental activities to strengthen the economic and social infrastructure in the state and providing employment opportunities for the Kashmiri people must be implemented. Fifthly, confidence- building measures must be initiated to strengthen the resolve of the people in Jammu and Kashmir,' it said.


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