Attempt To Open Dialogue Being Foiled : Mufti26 November 2010
Jammu: Opposition PDP in Jammu and Kashmir today expressed its unhappiness over recent disruptions at interactive programmes attended by separatists, saying their attempts to open a dialogue with people of the country were being foiled in this manner. 'It is strange that while leaders from all political parties were keen on being seen talking to leaders like Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Moulvi Umar Farooq in Srinagar, attempts by the latter to open a dialogue with people of the country were being blocked', PDP Patron Mufti Mohammed Sayeed said referring to repeated disruptions of interactive seminars attended by these leaders. Condemning the latest disruption yesterday at a seminar in Chandigarh, where moderate Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was allegedly assaulted by some members of the audience, Mufti said it was ironical that a handful of trouble makers were allowed to disrupt serious and peaceful deliberations. A similar incident had taken place in Delhi last month when someone from the audience hurled a footwear at Hurriyat hardliner Syed Ali Shah Geelani at a seminar. While on the one hand a handful of trouble makers are being allowed to target separatists at these functions, entire areas are being put under curfew on the other if a government authority in Kashmir were to move out into field, Mufti said adding this 'duality of approach' would only add to the complexity of the problems facing the country. He also called upon the Government of India to display courage and realism in addressing the Kashmir problem and regretted that a cosmetic approach had given way to the seriousness and urgency of recent months. Mufti said the government actions and pronouncements on Kashmir still smack of continuation of an approach that had yielded nothing but pain and disturbance for people in the last six decades. Commenting on the all party delegation visit to J&K, the PDP patron said it had raised hopes of a changed approach but it seems the effort was 'limited to firefighting and attempting to see Kashmir move away from headlines.' Mufti said it was disturbing to see the problem once again being squeezed into security and terror frame. The exclusive dependence on security related intelligence had always come in the way of a political approach but it seems the government is willingly walking into the same alleys that had led us nowhere in the past, he added. 'Cosmetic announcements of bunker reduction were being projected as troop reduction while the valley had been effectively converted into a prison', he said. Observing what actually was happening on the ground was nobody's business, Mufti said instead of releasing the youth and politicians more were arrested since the announcement of 8 point agenda. He said while it could be true that youth may be tempted to take up arms again out of frustration but this fact could not be torn out of its context without the risk of upsetting the huge peace constituency in the state. Mufti said in his opinion Kashmir has made a collective, final and lasting break with violence and spurned arms as a tool of political struggle. This fact had been reiterated repeatedly through peaceful street protests and participation in elections but unfortunately it had failed to evoke a matching response from the country, he regretted. He said instead of attempting once again to tarnish the image of the state as a re-emerging haven of terrorism the government would be better advised to follow at least its own roadmaps. Mufti said the failures of the government were mounting to an unprecedented level and its non performance was only adding to alienation. Alleging that excesses and atrocities continued in the Valley, he warned that the enforced calm could prove to be deceptive.