PC Hopes Violence In J&K Will Subside

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NEW DELHI: Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Saturday said he ‘sincerely hoped’ that the violence that erupted in Jammu and Kashmir following the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru last month will ‘subside’.

Negating suggestions that the situation in Jammu and Kashmir was ‘back to square one’ after Guru’s execution, Chidambaram told media: “I agree that after the execution of Afzal Guru there have been some protests and agitation and rise in the level of violence. I sincerely hope that violence will subside.”

“I sincerely hope that people of Jammu and Kashmir will not heed the call of separatists but heed the call of government and civil society and try to help restore peace and order in sense of security,” he said.

The Finance Minister said: “I am sure in month of April-May we will restore sense of security that the people of Jammu and Kashmir want.”

Afzal Guru was hanged at Delhi’s Tihar Jail on Feb 9. He was buried soon after at the jail, where he had been lodged for nearly eight years. Agencies

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