Beg Spurs J&K Autonomy Issue

5 June 2009
Asian Age

New Delhi: Raising the issue of restoring autonomy of the crucial border state, National Conference MP from Anantnag Mirza Mehboob Beg said the government should initiate the peace talks with Pakistan. Observing that the Indian Army has successfully controlled the menace of terrorism in the state, Mirza Mehboob Beg said 'autonomy' was the main political issue, which needs to be addressed now. Hitting at Leader of Opposition L.K. Advani over his remarks on the external aggression in the form of terrorism, he referred to the 2000 Gujarat riots. 'what about the problem of internal aggression,' said Mr Beg. Stating that the people of Jammu and Kashmir rejected extremism in Jammu and separatism in Kashmir during the recent Lok Sabha polls, the National Conference leader said the government should use this advantageous position to weed out the disruptive elements from the state. 'The people of Jammu and Kashmir want to develop along with the rest of the country,' said Mr Beg.