National Conference welcomes, PDP rejects land row accord

August 31st, 2008 - 9:18 pm ICT by IANS  

Srinagar, Aug 31 (IANS) The National Conference welcomed the agreement between the Jammu and Kashmir government and the Shri Amarnath Sangarsh Samiti Sunday on the Amarnath shrine land row, but the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) termed the accord as “a move to disrespect Kashmiris”.National Conference patron and former chief minister Farooq Abdullah said the peace plan worked out by the governor’s administration suited every requirement.

“Nobody should have any objection to it. I am confident the two regions of the state would live in harmony with each other in the future now,” Abdullah said.

He said it was the time life returned to normal in the state so that the future of the children here did not suffer any longer.

But Mehbooba Mufti, the PDP president, said: “The unilateral decision on land use for Amarnath pilgrimage is a move to disrespect the popular sentiments in (the) Kashmir Valley.”

She said any decision on this sensitive matter should have been taken only with consensus, and after consultation with the Kashmir’s separatist joint co-ordination committee and the civil society here.

“The solution arrived at with the Sangarsh Samiti in Jammu is not a Jammu and Kashmir peace formula as is being presented, but a purely Jammu appeasement policy which will only further increase the alienation of Kashmiris where the popular sentiments and just aspirations are being throttled with brute force.”

She said the revocation of land diversion order was an achievement of Kashmiris with peaceful means wherein all political parties had sided with them.

The PDP president urged India and Pakistan to immediately throw Srinagar-Muzaffarabad road open for trade to defuse the tension arising out of “economic blockade of the valley by fanatic elements in Jammu”.

She asked the government to withdraw all cases against political leaders who were booked in the Kashmir valley during recent agitation.

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