Mush's Move Unfortunate, To Affect Peace Process: Parties
4 November 2007
Srinagar: Mainstream political parties and separatists in Jammu and Kashmir today termed the clamping of emergency in Pakistan as unfortunate and said the development would put the ongoing peace process between New Delhi and Islamabad on the backburner. Ruling People's Democratic Party and main opposition National Conference prayed for return of normalcy in Pakistan while terming the development as unfortunate. The move meant the peace process between India and Pakistan would now be put on the backburner, the National Conference said. 'Kashmir cannot remain a priority for Pakistan in such a situation,' said NC leader and former Finance Minister Abdul Rahim Rather. The ruling People's Democratic Party said the move could affect the ongoing peace process and prayed for return of normalcy in Pakistan. 'It is an unfortunate development which can have negative impact on the peace process,' said PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti. The hardline faction of the Hurriyat Conference, led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani, flayed the imposition of emergency in Pakistan while moderate separatists said the development would be a setback to the ongoing peace dialogue. 'We condemn the imposition of emergency as the move has brought people of the country and its armed forces face to face,' said a spokesman of the hardline faction. He, however, said the development in Pakistan would have no bearing on Kashmir. 'It is an indigenous struggle and will have no impact in the valley.' The moderate faction of the amalgam reacted cautiously saying 'this is not a good news for all of us'.