Interanationalising Kashmir issue is intolerable : Congress

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New Delhi, Aug 18 (UNI) The Congress today denounced the march of the Hurriyat Conference to the United Nations Military Observers (UNMO) office in the Kashmir valley, and said Jammu and Kashmir was part of India and that any effort to internationalise the issue was not tolerable.

''It is unfortunate that the Hurriyat Conference and other separatist elements want to internationalise the Jammu and Kashmir issue,'' AICC Spokesman Manish Tewari told mediapersons.

''There was no occasion for them to go to the UN office. There was no human rights violation,'' he said, while asserting that the Congress would not tolerate such activity.

In this context, Mr Tewari said that if any political party or group had any grievance, they should try to find a solution within the Constititutional framework.

On the decision of the Amarnath Sangharsh Samiti to intensify its agitation over the land transfer issue, he said, ''It is a proxy of the RSS, BJP and other Hindutva outfits.'' ''In fact, both the Amarnath Sangharsh Samiti and the Hurriyat Conference were the two sides of the same coin,'' he said, while adding, ''they are trying to complicate the situation.'' Asserting that any effort to use the Jammu and Kashmir issue for narrow political ends was condemnable, Mr Tewari said, ''the responsibility lies squarely on the BJP to rein in on the Samiti and not to resort to any activity that further flares up the situation.'' Asked if the handling of the situation in Jammu and Kashmir by the Centre was not adequate, he said ''Indian state is not helpless to deal with any situation. We have dealt with militancy in Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir and the North-East.'' It was only because of the sensitivity of the situation in Jammu and Kashmir that the government was trying to find an amicable situation, he said.

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