Will wait & watch: Mirwaiz

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Vajpayee had no Kashmir policy: Hurriyat (G)

SRINAGAR: Reacting to BJP prime ministerial candidate Narindera Modi’s remarks that his party will pursue Vajpayee’s policy vis-à-vis Kashmir, pro-freedom camp on Wednesday stated that they will adopt wait and watch policy as far as Modi’s claims are concerned.

“We will adopt a wait and watch policy and will closely monitor what their (NDA’s) measures will be for the Kashmir resolution,” Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Chairman Huriyat Conference (M) said. 

He said that it has been observed in the past that during elections tall claims are being made and at the end of the day these claims turn out to be a ‘hoax’.

However, Mirwaiz observed that at the time when the people of India are choosing their government at New Delhi-it must be understood that it is the Kashmir issue that needs to be resolved for a sustainable peace not only in India but in the entire sub-continent.   

He added that the defense expenditure has reached to 48 billion dollars and due to Kashmir issue more than 40% of India’s population is living under below poverty line. Mirwaiz maintained that the people in India must understand the importance of Kashmir resolution so that new horizons could be scanned with hope and zest.

Chairman Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Mohammad Yasin Malik stated that he is the next two days will issue a detailed policy statement vis-à-vis the policies adopted by then Prime Minister Vajpayee vis-à-vis Kashmir and the statement of Modi at Jammu region.

Huriyat Conference led by Syed Ali Geelani claimed that Vajpayee had no policy over Kashmir and the same is being politicized in an absurd manner. The amalgam stated that it is surprised that some pro-freedom parties are praising the efforts of Vajpayee and NDA. It added that neither Modi nor anyone else has sincere policy over Kashmir resolution and even Kejriwal has anti-Kashmir policy.

Senior Huriyat Conference JK leader Shabir Shah maintained that Modi will never follow Vajpayee’s suits and that latter’s stature was far higher than the former. Pertinently, Modi while addressing a rally at Hira Nagar in Jammu stated that the  path of Vajpayee that was democracy and Kashmiriyat will be carried forward.  (KNS)

NC ridicules Modi, PDP seeks positive response 

With the ruling National Conference (NC) ridiculing the statement of Narendra Modi that BJP will follow Vajpayee’s policy on Kashmir, opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party observed that  for Kashmir resolution- they need positive response from both national and regional parties of India.

“We do not trust the person like Modi and the party like BJP. It is the party that sidelined the close associates of Shri Vajpayee- how come will they follow policy of Vajpayee,” Provincial president NC Nasir Aslam Wani said, adding that Modi will never reach to the stature of Vajpayee. He said that Modi is against special status of Jammu and Kashmir and how can people of the state trust his credentials.

PDP stated that they will wait and watch for the policy of NDA vis-à-vis Kashmir issue and that Kashmir resolution is a great challenge to India’s entire political spectrum.  “Jammu and Kashmir has suffered on all fronts. PDP is going to contest upcoming Lok Sabah elections to take peoples’ struggle to the Parliament so that Kashmir issue could be resolved once for all,” said PDP chief spokesman Naeem Akhtar, adding that for the Kashmir settlement, they need positive response from all political parties including regional and national ones.  

President Awami Ittihaad Party (AIP) stated that Modi must come forward with the concrete roadmap about his policy for the Kashmir resolution-if any. “The disputed territory of Kashmir- both the divided lines must be resolved- If BJP claims the same- let it come forward with the concrete policy,” said Er Rashid, adding that those eulogizing Vajpayee must inform people what Vajpayee did for Kashmir.

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