Expressing concern that the report suggested to make Article 370 as a permanent feature in the constitution, though it was originally included as a temporary feature, he stressed the need to study the impact of this article on the lives of Kashmir population. According to him, it was due to this Article the Kashmiri youth are now suffering for want of job opportunities as the development of the valley was stalled with no one showing interest to invest in the region.
Wondering that the Report tried to bring back pre-1953 conditions in the valley, he said after the all party resolution adopted by the Indian parliament in 1994 stating that accession of Jammu and Kashmir into Indian Union was a closed chapter. To raise this issue again by the government appointed committee was violation of their own code of conduct and the interlocutors are liable for prosecution, he warned.
Dr Jitender Singh strongly objected for referring `Pakistan Occupied Kashmir` (POK) as `Pakistan Administered Kashmir`(PAK), he recalled that in 1994, the Parliament resolution stated that there was no dispute over the accession of Jammu and Kashmir into Indian Union and the only problem remained is with regard to POK.
Lamenting interlocutor’s suggestion to provide some concessions to Muslims in the valley, he warned this was in a way led to revival of two-nation theory. He recalled that even Article 3 and 5 of Jammu and Kashmir Constitution states the region is integral part of India and the President of India have jurisdiction over this region. But the report violates even these articles, he added.
According to him the alarming problem in the region is terrorism and it was only to address this problem the committee was constituted. But, he wondered that the report failed to address this issue and it was also silent on the problems of Kashmiri Pandits, other minorities and Scheduled Caste and Schedule Tribe peoples of the valley. Referring to interlocutors call to Kashmiri Pandits to return back to their homes, he asked with out creating cordial environment how can they return back?
With regard to report’s plea for revival of pre-1953 conditions, Dr Singh lamented that such a situation helps only vested interests, but not the Muslims of the valley. He also took severe objection to the idea of creating three regional councils with legislative powers and renaming the names of Governor and Chief Minister.
Prof. Madabhushi Sridhar from NALSAR lamented that the Report lacked commitment on the part of the government to resolve core issues, but exposed their attempts to continue stalemate. The report only ended with a suggestion formation of another constitutional review committee with out providing any conclusions, he observed.
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