“It offers no response to rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits and Sikhs”

Expressing disappointment over the interlocutors' report on Jammu and Kashmir, the BJP on Thursday dubbed it ‘a verbose document written in denial about certain basic realities'.

The National Executive of the party which is meeting here in a statement complained that the report has been deliberately released 36 hours after Parliament was adjourned sine die to avoid parliamentary accountability of the report.

The party complained that the report had failed to offer a solution to the problem of terrorism other than suggesting dilution of anti-terrorism steps. The key problem confronting the State is terrorism, both cross-border and local, which is engineered either from Pakistan or local separatist groups.

It said the report offered no response to the rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits and Sikhs who had been tortured, threatened, killed and compelled to leave the Valley.

The party said the report weakens the Indian position so stated in the 1994 resolution of Parliament that PoK is an integral part of India. “This report proceeds on the basis that PoK is and will be Pakistan Administered and refers to PoK as PAJK (Pakistan Administered Jammu & Kashmir).”

The BJP said the report failed to consider that within the State there was huge discrimination against the Ladakh and Jammu regions and to recognise that Article 370 had been a psychological barrier between the State and the rest of the country.

“Rather than recommending the abolition of such a provision, the report recommends that it be made permanent by suggesting the replacement of word ‘temporary' with the word ‘special'.”

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