Implement recommendation of Working Groups on Kashmir, Mehbooba

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Srinagar, Apr 17 (UNI) Demanding time-bound implementation of the recommendations finalised by the Working Groups on Kashmir, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) President Mehbooba Mufti expressed the hope that the much-awaited process would be set into motion during the forthcoming visit of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to the state.

Addressing a public meeting at Beerwa in the central Kashmir district of Badgam today, Ms Mufti said the fast-changing situation in the state offered a momentous opportunity to consolidate the reconciliation and resolution process through substantive political and economic measures.

''Implementation of the recommendations of the Working Groups (WG) would not only add substance to the peace and reconciliation process, but would positively impact the situation across-the- board,'' she added.

She said revocation of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), rehabilitation of the victims of violence, irrespective of their affiliation, safe passage to the youth and political activists who were eager to return back from across the border and live peaceful lives, rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits, taking of economic measures like transfer of some major power projects to the State would mark a new beginning towards addressing the internal dimensions of the Kashmir issue.

She said delaying the process would have immense negative fallout, to the detriment of the changing scenario.

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