Panun Kashmir asks Centre to clear stand on 'dual control'

8 April 2008
The Daily Excelsior

Jammu: Suspecting the silence being maintained by the Congress led UPA Government over the controversial comments by People’s Democratic Party (PDP) president, Mehboba Mufti, suggesting 'dual control' over Kashmir at Pugwash, Panun Kashmir today stressed the former to come out with a clear stand over the whole issue. Addressing a press conference here this morning, President Panun Kashmir, Ajay Chrungoo outrightly rejected any such solution to the Kashmir imbroglio like joint control or power sharing and emphasized that the recently held Pugwash conference in Islamabad proved to be a platform arranged for unleashing concerted attack on sovereignity of India. 'I ask the Central Government to break silence over the private meet of Miss Mufti with the Chairman of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Asif Ali Zardari, whether it was a part of the visit or not' queried Mr Chrungoo and added, 'Concepts of regional senate or council for POK as well as Jammu and Kashmir, open advocacy of supra State measures and demiliterization have been aimed at undermining Indian sovereignity.' He further apprehended that assurances of Hizb Chief, Salah-ud-Din followed by Zardari and the newly elected Pakistani Prime Minister, SR Geelani to support separatism in the Valley further exposes the fragile nature of the peace process going on in between two countries. Launching a scathing attack on PDP, Mr Chrungoo alleged that such regional parties are promoting the agenda of separatism in the state with Pan-islamic imperatives. 'Advocacy of porous border, joint management, regional senate and demilitarization is aimed at Islamization of the state' he alleged. He further maintained that in a scenario where Pakistani polity is getting fractured into many power centres, the Government of India should remain firmly committed to protect the integrity of its borders, sovereignity of the nation and secularism. Commenting upon the return of Kashmiri Pandits back home he said that in the given set of circumstances they can not settle for anything lesser than saperate 'home land' within the valley having constitution of India instead of constitution of J&K.'The short span lull could not be mistaken for end of millitancy, as the terrorists are still operating out in different ways, ' he added.