What stops from restoring autonomy, asks Hakim Yasin


Jammu, Feb 2: Peoples Democratic Front (PDF) president and MLA Khansahib Hakim Mohammad Yasin Friday said that instead of blaming each other, there was a need for collective thinking so that people in Kashmir can come out of the political uncertainty and ongoing violence.
While participating in the debate in Legislative Assembly during the grants of departments under Chief Minister, he said, “Interlocutors and working groups are being created just for time pass. The incumbent interlocutor, who has the status of cabinet secretary, has no clear political mandate as to what he has to do. If government of India says that dialogue will be held within Indian Constitution, then what is stopping it from restoring the eroded provisions of state’s autonomy?”
“Till 1960’s, J&K had its own Prime Minister. If the eroded provisions of J&K’s autonomy are restored, then there is no need to appoint interlocutors. Otherwise any such exercise looks futile,” Hakim Yasin said.
“In 2002 relations between India and Pakistan were at its lowest ebb. But then Vajpayee government resumed talks with Pakistan, initiated unconditional dialogue with Hurriyat leaders, opened roads and air links and the situation changed for good. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also said that India and Pakistan should together fight war against poverty, unemployment and illiteracy. But it needs to be implemented on ground,” he added.
The PDF chief said that the ‘Agenda of Alliance’ between PDP and BJP also mentions about Indo-Pak dialogue. “Development, killings and unrest can’t go together. There is need for peace and it is only possible when Indo-Pak dialogue and dialogue with Hurriyat is restored,” he added.