Move on panchayat elections futile: Soz

SRINAGAR, JAN 8: Those who talk of holding Panchayat elections are living dangerously in their world of ‘make-belief’ totally cut-off from the reality on ground. The mainstream class, that is envisaging elections, must realize that it is inviting trouble.
This was stated by the former Union Minister, Prof Saif-ud-Din Soz in a press statement issued today.
Prof Soz further said, “The mainstream parties could better engage in the exercise and reach families in Kashmir, which had suffered bereavement of death and disaster during and after Burhan Wani episode and, at least try to organize a situation to share the grief. In the meantime, I talked to P Chidambaram this morning and congratulated him for his sustained interest in resolution of Kashmir dispute. I further greeted him for his workable suggestions in this connection. I only differed with Chidambaram on the imposition of Governor’s rule in the State as my perception is that even semblance of civil governance is always better than Governor’s rule.”
“I also invited Chidambaram to visit Kashmir and feel the dimensions of response to his proposals to extricate suffering people of Kashmir from present crisis. He assured me he would try to seek convenient time to visit here. The Union of India would be well advised to realize the necessity of initiating a purposeful political dialogue with Hurriyat Conference and others to resolve Kashmir dispute without any further loss of time,” Prof Soz maintained.