Academicians Seek Resolution of Kashmir Issue

Srinagar:Senior professors at the Kashmir University Thursday joined the ongoing mass protests and described the happenings in the valley of Kashmir during last three weeks as, ‘devastating’.
“Killing, maiming, blinding, disabling, torturing, nocturnal raids, large scale imprisonment, harassments, use of excessive force, using the infamous lethal and life debilitating pellet guns against the youth in particular, not sparing even 7 years old and the aged ones, is a worst kind of suppression, in any civilized society,”, a joint statement from the Kashmir University academicians said.
“This has been going on for more than 70 years down the history and how long can we afford it”, the senior former academicians of the University of Kashmir  Prof. A. R. Mattoo, Prof. M.Y. Qadri, Prof. A.Q. Rafiqi, Prof A.G.Madhosh, Prof A.S.Bhat, Prof A.R.Khan, Prof M.A.Sofi and Prof M.A.Kaw  said in their joint statement to kashmir Observer.
Expressing grave concern at prevailing conditions in the Valley in which more than 50 youth stand killed, 200 blinded partially or fully, more than hundred disabled for entire life, 6000 injured, hundreds put behind the bars, academicians appealed the governments, both Central and State to immediately stop the use of pellet guns, excessive force, nocturnal raids, harassment of inmates in their houses, repeal AFSPA, create an environment of peace and initiate a purposeful and sincere dialogue with all the stakeholders for an amicable and final settlement of the Kashmir problem.
Academicians said that the Kashmir is a political issue and it can only be solved by a composite dialogue in an unbiased historical perspective and in the backdrop of ground level situation. 
People that have been at the helm of affairs of the country,  members of civil society, sections of media also have now realized that Kashmir  is a political issue and not just a law and order problem;  the time has come when it needs to be resolved through a dialogue, earlier the better, they said.

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