Soz To Take Up Nameless Graves With Antony

19 April 2008

Handwara: Union Minister of Water Resources and Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee president Professor Saifuddin Soz Saturday said that he will take up the issue of recently discovered unmarked graves in northern Baramulla district with the Defence Minister A K Antony. “I will take the issue of mass graves with the Defence Minister,” he told reporters on the sidelines of a public rally at Chinar Bagh here. The nameless 940 graves were discovered by the volunteers of Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP), a constituent of J&K Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS) in 18 different cemeteries in Uri and Boniyar areas of Baramulla district recently. Earlier speaking at the rally, Soz took pot-shots at former Chief Minister and Peoples Democratic Party patron Mufti Muhammad Sayeed for advocating the introduction of Pakistani currency in the state along with that of India. “Mufti Sayeed’s idea of using Pakistani currency in Kashmir is meaningless,” said Soz. “There should be common currency in entire south Asia.” Soz expressed his gratitude to UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for what he called funding liberally to Jammu and Kashmir for building infra-structure in the three regions of the state. He said that Congress has always played an important role for peace, development and prosperity of the people adding that Congress is the only party to ensure bright future of the state both on economic as well as political fronts. Soz said that it was Congress which “brought peace to a large extent” by initiating dialogue process, constituting various working groups and opening Srinagar-Muzaffarabad road for people of both sides. Regarding the coalition government, he said that the state has done commendable progress in last six years particularly during three years of Azad Sahib. Regarding Kupwara district, he said that all possible assistance would be provided to this backward district. He sanctioned Rs. 19.32 crore for command area KEHMAL project and Rs. 144 crore under Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Programme out of which Rs. 89.43 crore have already been released so far.