Monday, September 9, 2013

Country lacks political will to deal sternly with Kashmir issue' - The Hindu

Former Union Home Secretary K. Padmanabhaiah, international corporate lawyer Pamarty Venkataramana, and Panun Kashmir coordinator Rahul Razdan at a seminar in Hyderabad on Sunday. – Photo: G. Krishnaswamy
Former Union Home Secretary K. Padmanabhaiah has expressed fears that there could be many Ghulam Nabi Fais in the country lobbying for Pakistan against India on the issue of Kashmir.
Speaking at a seminar ‘The Fai Case: Shadow Lobbying in America Unveiled!' organised by the Social Cause, a NGO, here on Sunday, he said: “When America could intercept suspicious e-mails, why didn't we do as there is no dearth of technology and experts in the country.”
Mr. Padmanabhaiah said the country lacked political will to deal sternly with issues like Kashmir.
The policies being followed by the country on Kashmir had been a dismal failure. Such lobbying was threatening both internal and external security of the country. Dr. Fai had three tasks cut out in his annual action plan for persuading the US administration to press for self-determination of Kashmir, influencing the US and convincing it to exert pressure on India on Kashmir issue and capturing media attention to influence debate on Kashmir at the behest of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence, he said. Pamarty Venkataramana, an international corporate lawyer, stressed the need to keep a tab on the entry and activity of foreign nationals in India. Rahul Razdan of Panun Kashmir, K. Ramesh Babu of the Advance Centre for American Studies and U. Atreya Sarma of Social Cause also spoke.