ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Another Futile Exercise

POLITICS in Kashmir is taking a new turn with some recent developments. Five top leaders of the opposition in the valley have been released after years of detention. The pro-independence militant outfit, JKLF, appears to be moving away from Islamabad, after the latter's crackdown on the organisation in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. In the midst of alt this, speculation is afloat about the centre evolving a 'package plan' for Kashmir to pave the way for elections there. The decision to release the Jamaat-i-lslami leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, the People's Conference leader Abdul Ghani Lone, and three others representing different opposition groups is being linked with the 'package plan' which in order to restore the political process seeks to involve opposition politicians in a future election, so that by all appearances it looks 'fair'. The prime minister is believed to have urged his partymen in the Jammu and Kashmir state Congress unit

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