//PDP to consider all Kashmir

PDP to consider all Kashmir

Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir’s ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday said it was willing to consider all clearly defined proposals for the introduction of "self-rule" in the state.Senior PDP leader and Deputy Chief Minister Muzaffar Hussain Baig said in a statement instead of addressing self-rule on partisan or narrow considerations, an attempt should be made to ensure the idea was considered "sincerely and objectively".

Baig, who is also the PDP legislature party leader, said: "All ideas and proposals coming from any quarter for the resolution of the Kashmir issue and for bringing India and Pakistan closer should be considered on merits instead of rejecting the same on the mere ground that such a suggestion or proposal might have emanated from a certain quarter, as in the case of the self-rule idea from (Pakistan) President Pervez Musharraf."

Musharraf’s proposal last month for de-militarising Kashmir and introducing self-rule there was rejected by the Indian government. Baig said any such proposal could be examined only when specifics were furnished in its support.

The PDP, he said, instead of framing its own exclusive stand on the issue, favoured the evolution of consensus through discussions with political parties in the state. The PDP also believed that no solution could be achieved unless it had the support of public opinion in India.