Srinagar, Apr 9: Bureaucrat-turned-politician and founder-president of Jammu and Kashmir People’s Movement (JKPM), Shah Faesal on Tuesday said that Musharraf’s four point program was the “realistic” way to approach Kashmir issue.
During his tenure, former president of Pakistan, retired General Parvaiz Musharraf had put forth four measures to resolve Kashmir issue which came to be known as his four-point formula.
The formula involved demilitarization or phased withdrawal of troops. No change in borders of Kashmir, however, people of Jammu & Kashmir were to be allowed to move freely across the Line of Control (LoC). Besides, he favored self-governance over independence. A joint supervision mechanism was to be setup in Jammu and Kashmir involving India, Pakistan and Kashmiris.
“We saw the formula at that time. There were some expectations that final settlement would be reached. No doubt there were some issues but it was a realistic one,” Faesal told The Kashmir Monitor.
He added that his immediate priorities would be to work for the resolution of Kashmir issue.
“We want to bring peace to this region, do something for immediate issues being faced by the people,” he said.
“For the resolution of Kashmir issue, we need to have conversations between India and Pakistan. Kashmiris have to be taken on board,” he added.
Terming the ban on movement of civilian traffic on national highway as a “draconian” measure, Faesal said that it is an “infringement” of the people’s constitutional right to move freely.
“The steps involving the erosion of basic values of democracy are obviously anti-people. The measures like curbs on separatists and ban on movement of civilian traffic on national highway have been taken just because of elections to be held in the coming days. Once the elections are over, things would ease out,” he said.
Will visit Jammu and Kashmir if required: CJI
Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi on Monday said that if required he will visit Jammu and Kashmir High Court to take stock of the situation amid allegations that people are unable to approach the court. “If a need arises, I may visit Jammu and Kashmir High Court to take stock of the situation,” he said while hearing a plea on the restrictions since the abrogation of Article 370.
The CJI also asked the Chief Justice of Jammu and Kashmir High Court to send a report on the matter. “It is a serious issue,” the court observed after child rights activist Enakshi Ganguly submitted that litigants are not able to approach the Jammu and Kashmir High Court.
Earlier today, the Supreme Court had asked the Central government to file an affidavit on the petitions challenging the abrogation of the provisions under Article 370. Last month, Parliament had passed the Jammu and Kashmir (Reorganization) Act, 2019, bifurcating the state into two Union Territories — Jammu and Kashmir with legislature and Ladakh without it.
Following this, a batch of petitions were filed in the top court challenging it.
Will take legal course to challenge Farooq Abdullah”s detention under PSA: NC
Srinagar, Sep 16: The National Conference (NC) on Monday said the party would take legal course to challenge the detention of its president Farooq Abdullah under the Public Safety Act (PSA) in Jammu and Kashmir.
“They have no justification to do that, but if they have booked him (Abdullah) under the PSA, then what can we do. We can only approach the courts. We will take constitutional and legal recourse,” senior NC leader Mohammad Akbar Lone told reporters here.
Lone, the MP from north Kashmir, said the government”s move is unfortunate and it is a matter of shame that Abdullah has been booked under this act.
“If there was anyone who would talk of India here, it was Abdullah. If anyone has been abused, it is Abdullah and today, this is how India pays him. This is very unfortunate,” he said.
Abdullah has been detained under the stringent PSA, which enables authorities to detain any individual for two years without trial, sources said
Day 39: Normal life still out of gear in Kashmir; schools remain shut, public transport off roads
Srinagar: Normal life remained affected in Kashmir as the stalemate following the abrogation of Article 370 entered its 39th day on Thursday with schools closed and public transport off the roads, officials said.
Restrictions on the movement or assembly of people have been lifted from most areas of the valley, but security forces continued to be deployed to maintain law and order, the officials said.
They said the authorities were also considering easing out restrictions on mobile communications and restoring voice call services.
While landlines across the valley were functional, voice calls on mobile devices were working only in Kupwara and Handwara police districts of north Kashmir.
However, normal life remained severely affected across the valley due to shutdown which entered 39th day on Thursday, the officials said.
Markets and other business establishments remained closed, while public transport was off the roads across the valley, they added.
Internet services remained suspended across all platforms, the officials said.
The efforts of the state government to open schools have not borne any fruit as parents continued to keep children at home due to apprehensions about their safety.
Most of the top-level and second-rung separatist politicians have been taken into custody while mainstream leaders including three former chief ministers — Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti — have also been either detained or placed under house arrest.