Working group leaves autonomy issue to J&K

Working group leaves autonomy issue to J&K


NC leader and Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ali Mohammad Sagar welcomed the report. “It is a matter of great satisfaction that our struggle for autonomy has been acknowledged at the Central government level. We will soon formulate a strategy for carrying forward our struggle,” he said.

Reacting to the report, Mehbooba Mufti, People’s Democratic Party (PDP) president, said: “We have already submitted our self rule proposal to the prime minister...if we need to find a final settlement of Kashmir issue and end the bloodshed, we have to deal with the external issues and for that self-rule is the ultimate document.”

The working group headed by Justice Sageer Ahmad was constituted in May 2006.
The group submitted its report to Chief Minister Omar Abdullah in Jammu on Wednesday evening. The report said the future of Article 370 of the Constitution, which gives a special status to J&K, has to be decided by the people of the state.

However, the group said the proposal for self rule put forward by the PDP could not be considered since the party had not submitted any document  in this regard. The group, however, said the PDP can send its proposal to the Centre for consideration.

Restoration of greater autonomy has been always the major plank of the NC in almost every election. Till 1953, Jammu and Kashmir had greater autonomy in all sectors except defence, communication and foreign affairs.

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