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New Delhi, September 17
To counter the demand for ‘azadi’ for Kashmir, the state’s Muslim Gujjars are planning a convention in Rajouri.
Describing the demand for freedom and autonomy as a big conspiracy of certain Jammu and Kashmir political forces, top Gujjar leader Chaudhary Qummar Rubbani Chechi said that that “they are hand-in-glove with local militant outfits, and establishment and political forces from across the border”.
“It is unfortunate that the Centre only talks to people from the Kashmir Valley. They do not represent the true voice of the whole state,” said Chechi, also blaming the state and national media for keeping only the valley politicians in focus.
An all-party delegation will be visiting Srinagar on Monday to assess the ground reality and find a solution to the volatile situation. “Thousands of Gujjars will assemble in my hometown Rajouri soon to show that there is a different ground reality outside the valley,” said Chechi. He was of the view that the delegation’s visit would be a failure “because the valley’s political leaders and the Hurriyat won’t let them find a solution”.
“Why does the Union Government not want to talk to Muslim Gujjars and hill-people who are pro-India and have full faith in its Constitution?” questioned Chechi. “All this talk of ‘azadi’ and autonomy is nothing but a big plan to get more funds from the Centre and join hands with Pakistan,” he said. Interestingly, Chechi contested the 2009 Lok Sabha election as an independent not from his home state but from Rajasthan and got over 2.95 lakh votes to finish second.
Addressing a convention of Jamiat-e-Ulma-e-Hind (JUH) here on Sunday, Islamic scholar Abdul Rahim Bastawi said: "India is like a bouquet of different types of flowers. We just cannot think of allowing any one of the flowers to be separated."
"Kashmir issue could not be addressed without taking the Indian Muslims on board," said Jamiat leader Mahmood Madani.
An 11-point resolution was also passed in the convention that demanded to start dialogue and to accept the demands of Kashmiris in the framework of Indian Constitution.
"The long-pending legitimate demands of people must be accepted within the framework of the Constitution of India and democratic civilian rights and institutions should be allowed to function freely," the resolution said.
The resolution said that the cases of human right violation should be thoroughly investigated.
It also said the armed forces must be withdrawn and the barricades lifted from civilian areas in Kashmir.
It also emphasized that an independent, impartial and transparent commission of enquiry should be constituted to look into serious violations of human rights.
"The protesters and agitators nabbed without viable reason be freed forthwith while the lethal methods of crowd control must be avoided and the humane and modern techniques and equipments should be adopted while dealing with protesters," the resolution added.
The resolution also said the use of power to repress the anguish of citizen would not help. It will instead complicate the problem further and shall fuel separatist mindset.
Sponsored by Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind, the assembly was convened essentially to discuss Kashmir issue. Apart from clerics drawn from different parts of Uttar Pradesh, the participants at the meet also included those from Uttarakhand, Bihar, Orissa and Madhya Pradesh.