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May 2018 Edition of Power Politics is updated.         May 2018 Edition of Power Politics is updated.
Issue:May' 2018


Working for peace

R C Ganjoo

Who says it is all lost in K a s h m i r ? There are some new advocates of peace in the Valley today. Meet Musadiq Hussain (code name) , 45, former divisional commander of a deadly militant outfit. He left guns in 1997 and decided to be a political activist.

Hussain crossed over to PoK in 1989 and received rigorous weaponry training along with 200 other youth for six months. He crossed over to Pok via Handwara, came back from Chamb-Jouria sector in Jammu and entered the Valley from Baramulla. He executed major attacks in Kashmir on the direction of Pakistan.
In an exclusive interview with POWER POLITICS, he said , "Kashmir needs peace and prosperity. It must be followed by an India-Pakistan dialogue." Convenor of the Kashmir Democratic Alliance (KDA)-in- making , Hussain said many rebels from militants outfits and separatist organisations want to get rid of disillusionments and conflicts. The Government of India must declare cease-fire for six months.
According to him, the regional political parties, with the support of national parties, have never addressed the Kashmir problem. He said, "KDA will throw up genuine representatives from all three regions, Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh, to give befitting reply to such political parties."
He said both regional parties, the National Conference and the People's Democratic Party (PDP), had to be sidelined. Public resentment was increasing day by day because of their involvement in endless corruption, lawlessness and nepotism. For the unabated militants' activities in South of Kashmir, he held the Jammte- Islami responsible.
According to him, about 300 local militants are active in Kashmir. Around 100 foreign militants are active in North and South Kashmir.
Hussain said the conferences, visiting delegations, interlocutors, NGOs never reached genuine voice. The NDA government was overlooking the real situation in Kashmir. Handpicked individuals from different communities, having no locus standi, were given preferences by the Centre and state governments.