Time has come to hold dialogue on Kashmir: Cong

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Srinagar: J&K Pradesh Congress Committee chief, G A Mir today pitched for dialogue on Kashmir issue saying the present Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti should act as a stateswoman rather than a mere mainstream leader like others.

“She used to come on streets in such situations, but when she is in the power, she has proved that she is no different,” Mir said, adding, developments take place in every governments, but people of J&K had hopes from Mehbooba that she would play a big role in solving the issue politically.

“Mehbooba would always paint a different picture of Kashmir, when out of power. But when she is in power, she is invisible from the scene,” Mir said.

He said that government should understand the sensitivity of the prevailing situation and evolve a consensus to reach out to the root cause of the problem.

Meanwhile, CPI (M) State Secretary Muhammad Yousuf Tarigami said the bigger trouble is ahead. He said the PDP should draw lessons from the ongoing turmoil.

Tarigami said that PDP shouldn’t take this unrest as an incident or a law and order problem. “This is a political problem. Don’t terrorise the people of J&K by relying exclusively on security forces,” he said.

“It is not that we will take some fire-fighting measures and pacify the situation. The bigger trouble is ahead, and if government of India fails to understand it, the situation in near future will erupt like anything,” he said.

“The pain of Kashmiris needs to be felt. It is a political pain and bullets and bombs isn’t the answer of this pain,” he said.

He said that the government shouldn’t seek excuses. “The fire is inside. It is the neglect of decades which has erupted now,” he said. PTK

 

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