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NC’s autonomy idea not as exhaustive as our self-rule: PDP

The Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) has supported National Conference (NC) president Omar Abdullah’s demand for a truth and reconciliation commission and upheld almost everything that forms its greater autonomy demand.

, ET Bureau|
Oct 27, 2008, 05.25 AM IST
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SRINAGAR: The Peoples��� Democratic Party (PDP) has supported National Conference (NC) president Omar Abdullah���s demand for a truth and reconciliation commission and upheld almost everything that forms its greater autonomy demand. But the party does not see a comparison of its self-rule philosophy with that of autonomy, two documents that represent the PDP and NC���s vision for J&K.

���Autonomy is a part of the self-rule document,��� Mufti Sayeed told reporters after it was released on Saturday. Apart from constitutional re-structuring (autonomy), self-rule intends to create a trans-LoC ���greater J&K��� comprising J&K, PoK, and northern areas and converting it into de-militarised free trade area with dual currency and new political super-structures sharing sovereignty without compromising political borders.

State legislature that passed NC���s state autonomy report in April 1999 sees erosion of autonomy as ���primary cause of Kashmir discontent��� and seeks Delhi limiting its legislative authority and application of various constitutional orders (to J&K) to three subjects���defence, external affairs and communications and ���ancillary��� matters. It wants 24 changes, falling under 13 broad heads in the union and the state constitutions. Apart from substituting ���temporary��� by ���special��� provision in the Article 370 (upheld by self-rule as well), it wants complete deletion of Articles 12-35 relating with the Fundamental Rights besides reopening dialogue for settling fiscal relationship.

But the self-rule document contains a long chapter offering a distinction between the two visions in substance and style. ���The change from ���autonomy��� to ���self rule��� means a fundamental shift in the terrain of political discourse and the existing status of the Kashmir issue,��� says the report.

One killed

Meanwhile, an university students was killed while protesting against elections in north Kashmir Baramulla following which curfew was clamped in the town. Of the dozen odd people injured in clashes, at least three are reported to have received bullet injuries. The protests on Sunday were fierce and police failed to restore law and order after resorting to cane-charging and tear smoke. Later, it opened fire killing a university student Irfan Ahmad as at least three others survived with bullet injuries.
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