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Consensus is pre-requisite for Kashmir settlement: Baig

Written by: Staff

Jammu, Mar 2 (UNI) Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Muzaffar Hussain Baig today underlined the importance of consensus between all political parties and representatives of various groups for a lasting solution to the Kashmir issue.

Replying to the discussion on the resolution moved by him in the legislative Assembly here with regard to roundtable convened by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, he said such unanimity was a pre-requisite for any agreed solution to the issue and suggested all the sections of the society to present a common blueprint for Kashmir issue, which is the need of the hour.

Explaining the complex nature of the issue, Mr Baig highlighted the role and powers of state legislature, saying unless it gives its consent, no changes in the territory of Jammu and Kashmir, comprising the parts under Pakistan and China, is possible. Any such exercise without the stamp of state legislature would be constitutionally futile .

Giving reference to the articles of Indian constitution providing these powers to state legislature, Mr Baig asserted that no treaty between India, Pakistan, China or any country, where the subject matter is territory of Jammu and Kashmir state as it stood under the rule of the then Maharaja, is valid and recognised by law unless approved by state legislature. ''This being the background, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh convened the round table conference inviting representatives from all parties alongwith various other groups,'' he added.

Expressing the hope that Hurriyat Conference and other such groups would give up their inhibitions to interacting at a joint platform like roundtable conference, Mr Baig asked, ''Why do they hesitate and shy away from talking to Prime Minister and the central leadership and from joint meetings. Since emotional integration between various regions and people of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh is of paramount importance, as such, no constitutional or administrative bonding is viable and lasting without this mutual trust.'' UNI RKS LR KP2254

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