IAKF Condemns The Autonomy Debate Initiated By The J&K Government Print
Tuesday, 20 June 2000 00:00
Calling the special session of the State Assembly, which began on June 19, as ill-conceived and ill-timed, the IAKF has condemned these efforts of the ruling National Conference party as a "political stunt", whose sole motivation behind this nefarious ploy is to deflect criticism from public regarding its growing inability to manage the affairs of the State. The ruling political party in J&K has been exposed as corrupt, inefficient and incapable of providing basic governance. Instead of restoring normalcy, the State government is pursuing questionable goals that will only lead to increased tension and discord among various ethnic communities within the State.

In a statement Dr. Vijay Sazawal of the IAKF stated that, "the ruling National Conference, in giving preference to the Autonomy debate over more pressing issues, namely, the violence unleashed by local militants and foreign mercenaries, the crumbling of civil society in the valley leading to financial bankruptcy of the State exchequer, and a lack of concern for minority communities affected by terrorism and human rights abuses, clearly indicates that the government headed by Dr. Farooq Abdullah has misplaced its priorities, and thus lost its right to govern the State". IAKF attributes the sudden decision by the Abdullah government, to bypass the recently initiated Secretarial Committee Review of the State Autonomy Report by the Central government, as a ploy to elevate the negotiation regarding autonomy to an international level, especially because of recent interest by the U.S. and other friendly countries in bringing about a political dialogue in Kashmir. In effect, the National Conference is seeking American support to press India to grant additional autonomy to the State.

IAKF rejects any efforts by the National Conference and the Abdullah government to restore pre-1953 status in Kashmir. In doing so, the State would be returning to a feudal society as most laws dealing with the legal system (Supreme Court), elections (Election Commission), financial accountability (Auditor General), and even compensation of confiscated private properties, etc. did not exist in 1953. Thus the motive of the State government, contrary to its pronouncements, clearly indicates a desire to turn Kashmir into a feudal Islamic society. It is no wonder that a direct consequence of the Autonomy is a call by minorities of the J&K State (Ladakhis, Dogras and Pandits) to break up the State in order to allow minorities to join the mainstream secular and pluralistic Indian society and become an inseparable part of the nation.

IAKF will be holding discussions with the U.S. government and the U.S. Congress to expose the latest ploy by the National Conference government to "hoodwink" the people of Jammu and Kashmir. We believe such a move will lead to violence and bloodshed not seen in the Indian subcontinent since the partition of former India in 1947.

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