Manmohan urged to focus on Kashmir resolution

Srinagar, June 24, 2013 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, as Indian Prime Minister is scheduled to visit the territory on Tuesday, the members of civil society and trade organizations have asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to focus on the resolution of the Kashmir dispute.

Talking to Srinagar-based daily, former President of Federation of Commerce and Industries Kashmir (FCIK), Shakeel Qalandar said that they did not have any hopes from the government or the prime minister of India regarding the resolution of Kashmir dispute.

“Over the period India is only buying time. If prime minister is serious about the welfare of the people then he should engage with the real leadership of the territory for the final settlement of the dispute,” he said.

The Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA) Spokesperson, Siraj Ahmad said that if the prime minister of India and Sonia Gandhi were really serious about the welfare and prosperity of the Kashmiris then they should take serious efforts to resolve the Kashmir issue. Siraj added that the Kashmir issue was not only a political problem, but was fast turning into a human problem.

Noted Kashmiri human rights activist, Parvez Imroz termed the PM’s Tuesday visit as a non-event. Imroz, who is also the president of Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS), said he was disappointed with the performance of Singh vis-à-vis the human rights situation in Kashmir.

“In Kashmir, it is the Army that is calling the shots,” he said. “Manmohan Singh was the prime minister when the report of mass graves in Kashmir came out but he did nothing to look into the issue.”

President of J and K Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry Mubeen Shah, who met Singh four times, said that the Government of India did not fulfil any of the promises Singh made to the Kashmiris.

Dr Sheikh Showkat Hussain, who teaches law at the University of Kashmir sees Singh’s visit to the Valley in connection with the visit of US Secretary of State John Kerry, who arrived on his first official visit to India on Sunday.

He said that Singh’s performance vis-à-vis Kashmir was nothing special and just like his predecessors – a lot of promises, nothing concrete.

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