B’pora Abuzz With Demands For K Solution13 November 2010
Bandipora: The politicians, lawyers, academicians and other people, who met two interlocutors during their visit to this North Kashmir district Saturday demanded resolution of Kashmir issue as per wishes and aspirations of people of the Kashmir while one of the panel member M M Ansari said problems in ‘Paradise’ need to be sorted out.The two interlocutors – academician Radha Kumar and economist M M Ansari - arrived in Bandipora town this afternoon from south Kashmir and met people in Forest Training School, Chaiternar. Unlike past precedence, there was no one-to-one or secret conversation with any group as representatives of political parties, academicians, laywers and senior citizens of the town talked in open air and called for resolution of Kashmir issue. PDP MLA Nizamudin Bhat told interlocutors that Kashmir is a dispute and needs to be resolved. “The policy of PDP is obvious and the party wants the issue to be resolved politically and amicably,” he said. A senior citizen and academician, Prof Manzoor Fazli termed Kashmir as a political dispute and said India should resolve it as per wishes and aspirations of the people of the State. “India can’t kill the soul of Kashmiris as they are fighting for their legitimate rights,” he said. The former NC MLA Ghulam Rasool Naz walked out from the meeting after his remarks that since 1953 there is a state terrorism in Kashmir drew resentment. However, he returned after being convinced by the people. “We talked about rights of people of Kashmir and we told the two interlocutors that Kashmiris want freedom,” said a person, who participated in the meeting. The chairman of B.ED Colleges Association Ghulam Nabi Tantry said the lingering Kashmir dispute needs political solution. “India must accept the ground reality and resolve the Kashmir issue,” he said. A lawyer Shoiab Ahmad said if India is sincere, it must talk to the Kashmiri leaders and release all the detenues. “Let there be a debate on all the proposed solutions including autonomy, self rule, azadi on Kashmir,” a teacher, who attended the meeting with interlocutors, told them. The other people who met the delegation included Prof Ismail Aishna and Congress leader Habibullah Bhat. However, representatives of Trader’s Federation, Bar Association Bandipore, local Auqaf Committees and NGO’s did not turn up for the meeting. Radha Kumar, one of the interlocutors said Kashmir is a unique problem and needs a unique solution after being asked whether India treats Kashmir like other states. “Kashmir is a unique problem and needs a unique solution. Before we were appointed as interlocutors, Home Minister P Chidambaram has too admitted that Kashmir is a unique problem,” she said. Urging people of Kashmir not to lose hope, Radha said, “In next six months we will submit our suggestions to New Delhi”. Another interlocutor M M Ansari said there are some problems and difficulties in ‘Paradise’, which need to be sorted out. “I had read that Kashmir is a paradise and when I landed here I felt the same. After interacting with the people at ground level, I realized that this ‘Paradise’ is facing some problems, which needs immediate attention,” he said.