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‘What was the possible resolution on Kashmir?’ Arun Jaitley asks PM

Singh, in his much hyped press conference, for the first time revealed that secret envoys from India and Pakistan had almost came together to resolve the conflict over Kashmir. ‘However, when a break through appeared in sight, General Pervez Musharraf had to make way for other leaders and the agreement got blocked,’ the prime minister had said while replying to a question asked by a journalist in his press conference on Friday.

In a media statement, Jaitley has asked Singh to divulge details of the failed solution. ‘What was this possible resolution on Kashmir? The people of India are entitled to know the answer to this question,’ he said.

‘I hope our country is not following the same direction which Pakistan is following on the unfinished agenda on Kashmir, as its negotiating space on territory,’ the leader of the opposition in the Rajya Sabha said.

While questioning Pakistan’s stand on Line of Control’s (LoC) dilution, tripartite arrangement on Kashmir and its de-militarisation being part of this ‘breakthrough’, he said, ‘I hope that our government is was not working in this direction.

Jaitley said that since it was for the first time the prime minister has revealed the matter, it is important for him to address what specifics he had in mind about the failed solution. ‘Even for historians these details would be of immense help while assessing the prime minister’s tenure,’ he quipped.

He stressed that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and in 1994 Parliament had unanimously passed a resolution mentioning that Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) is an integral part of India’s territory.

‘Our country firmly believes that no third party intervention on Kashmir is permissible. Also, with great difficulty we have succeeded in non-internationalisation of the Kashmir issue, hoping that it is not working on squandering all gains achieved in Kashmir so far.

I would like to warn that withdrawing defence forces from the Kashmir valley and that too without sanitising the terror infrastructure backed by Pakistan would be disastrous for India,’ the BJP leader said.

On the context of different stands on Kashmir, he said, ‘The Congress stand is for a separate status, while the National Conference advocates pre-1953 status and the PDP talks of self-rule. Not the least the separatists talk of aazadi (freedom).

Their differences of opinion and intention will dilute India’s sovereignty. I must say that their intention is to weaken the constitutional and political link between Jammu and Kashmir with the rest of the country.’

‘Therefore considering all these factors, it is very important for all of us to know the details of the agreed resolution between Manmohan Singh’s government and Pakistan,’ he added.

Since long Pakistan is stressing for a temporary resolution on Kashmir which includes maintenance of territorial status quo, de-militarisation in Kashmir, dilution of the Line of Control (LOC) for allowing free movement of people and goods, a tripartite joint mechanism to take decisions about Jammu and Kashmir.

‘Such demands are unacceptable. I do not know if any or all of these were a subject matter of the - almost arrived at - resolution to the Kashmir problem. I hope the truth is otherwise. I further hope that I do not have to wait for the memoirs of the prime minister to know the truth,’ Jaitley said.
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