Any Delay In Kashmir Solution Can Lead to Resurfacing of Stone Pelting Incidents

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Srinagar, July 30: The patron of pro-Indian Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and former chief minister of Kashmir, Mufti Mohammad Sayed Saturday said any delay in Kashmir resolution can result in resurfacing of stone pelting in some other form.

“Any delay in the Kashmir resolution can result in resurfacing of stone pelting in some other form. To control stone pelting doesn’t mean the problem has been solved. The youth who were on streets last year can find some other way in case the main problem is not addressed,” Mufti said while addressing a public meeting in Srinagar.

He alleged that over 5000 youth have been booked by police across Kashmir since last summer’s unrest. “Despite the court orders, it is unfortunate that the government have re-arrested separatist leaders Ghulam Nabi Sumji, Qazi Yasir and scores of youth. We may give a call for peaceful protests any time and people will follow the call accordingly,” he said.

Referring to the recent talks between Indian and Pakistani foreign ministers, Mufti said mainstream (pro-Indian) as well as separatist parties should be taken on board for any negotiations on Kashmir between the two countries.

The PDP president Mahbooba Mufti said Kashmir is losing over Rs 50,000 crore from its power projects due to signing of Indus Water Treaty by India and Pakistan.

“If they (power projects) are returned to Kashmir, this amount can be used to eradicate unemployment, poverty and for other developmental works of the state. Indian government may send crores to Kashmir but what about out our money from the resources which are being exploited by it. We don’t want anything in charity and to get these resources back is our responsibility,” she said.

Meanwhile, the party passed a resolution on the occasion and demanded revocation of Disturbed Areas Act.

Stressing on the need for Kashmir resolution, she said, “The peace which we witnessed this year can’t live for long unless the main problem is addressed and excessive use of force is not stopped.”