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Kashmir’s ‘peculiar problems’ need political solution: Chidambaram

Posted by Kashmir Portal on June 14, 2009

Agrees on troops reduction; AFSPA revocation ‘flagged’

Srinagar: Home Minister P Chidambaram Friday linked ‘peculiar problems’ of Jammu and Kashmir with development and asserted need for political solution to resolve them.

“Jammu and Kashmir shares some common problems with other state and has some peculiar problems which deserve special care. These special problems are not certainly resolved yet and require political solution as they come in way of development,” Home Minister P Chidambaram told a news conference here this morning to windup his two day visit of valley.

Reports reaching Press Bureau of India said that Chidambaram who wound up his two day visit to the Valley expressed hope that the separatists will be engaged in the dialogue process. “Government of India believes to engage “everyone” in dialogue process,” he said when asked to comment about the separatist’s participation in any sort of dialogue with India.

“We are all aware of political issues. We will address political issues that require dialogue- and we will have to ensure dialogue,” he said. However, he refused to give any time frame and said that it will start at appropriate time.

P Chidambaram, who retained his portfolio in Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s second innings, said that there was decrease in infiltration and militancy related incidents in the state even though he underscored rise in what he said, “agitational activities.”

“Infiltration from across the border as well as the militancy is on decline but at the same time there is rise in the agitational activities in the state and happen almost every day,” he said being flanked by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and former Union Minister for water resources Saifudin Soz during the news conference.       

“There have been unfortunate incidents in the past and whoever is responsible will be punished. Intention is to take action and action will be taken on information to the state and centre government. If intentions are good, there will be action and anybody found guilty will be punished,” he said.

The Union Home Minister said that agitational activities must be ‘contained’ and not allowed to disrupt normal life.

“People want better roads, more water, electricity, jobs, they want to send their children to school and want a better future,” he said, as per a Press Bureau of India correspondent present in the conference Hall at SKICC here on the banks of the Dal lake.   

“I would appeal to everyone that agitational activities must be contained so that they do not interfere in the normal life of the people. Normal life must carry on as well as normal governance,” he said, adding, “There must be some moderations.”

According to Chidambaram, while peaceful agitation was the hallmark of a democracy, they should not interfere with the lives of the people.

On being asked about the cane charge on women students, he said: “I can not comment on what happened during a particular demonstration but ideally it should not happen.”

The Home Minister reiterated ‘intention’ to redraw lines of responsibilities between police, paramilitary forces and the army.

“Army has conventional responsibilities to counter infiltration on Line of Control and militancy in the border areas. Paramilitary troops are to aid police in security and law and order maintenances while police is the principal force in law and order and fighting militancy. We are in a process of doing that and it will take time,” he said.    

“We like to see army outside the inhabitation and not in towns and cities,” he added. On revocation of Armed Forces Special Powers Act, the visiting Home Minister promised to take every required step.

“The Armed Forces Special Powers Act is a subject matter. We have flagged it during my meeting with Omar Abdullah in Jammu before the elections and have flagged the issue again. I have to discuss it with the Defence Minister and the Prime Minister and it will look at the matter,” he added.  

On the reduction of troops, the Home Minister, who choose Valley as first place to visit after the new government at the centre, said: “We have agreed to move on the road?”   

Chidambaram said stability has been reasonably assured after the elections to the state assembly and the parliament.    

He also announced to form a monitoring plan on Prime Ministers reconstruction plan and assured every help from the centre.

Chidambaram also evaded comment about United State’s Under Secretary of State, William Burns, urging wishes of Kashmiris to be considered.

“I don’t have to respond what Mr William Burns has said,” he said. (PBI) 

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