Sinha Group Concerned At Worsening Situation in Kashmir

Srinagar: ‘Concerned Citizens Group’ led by senior BJP leader and former Union Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha, Saturday expressed concern over the deteriorating situation in Kashmir and urged Government of India to immediately initiate dialogue with all the stake holders.

“We are deeply concerned at the deteriorating situation in the Kashmir valley. The loss of lives in the recent incidents was unnecessary and avoidable. The issue of Jammu and Kashmir is a political issue and demands a political solution”, the group said in a statement to Kashmir Observer.

Led by Mr. Sinha, the Citizens’ Group, which also included Kapil Kak, retired Air Vice Marshal; Wajahat Habibullah, former Chief Information Commissioner and former Chairman of the National Minorities Commission; Sushobha Bharve of the Centre for Dialogue and Reconciliation; and Bharat Bhushan, senior journalist undertook several visits to Kashmir during peak of 2016 summer unrest and later submitted their report to President of India. 
The group in its statement said, “the solution to Kashmir crisis can be achieved only through a dialogue with all the stakeholders. It was the realization of this necessity that persuaded the political parties in the present alliance government in the state to accept this as the way forward in their agenda of governance. We are dismayed at the complete disregard of this assurance and at the reluctance of those in authority to engage in a dialogue”. 
Calling for an end to current bloodshed, the group said, “dialogue alone will achieve this end”.

“We therefore call upon the government of India to immediately begin the process of dialogue in Jammu and Kashmir by involving all the stakeholders”, the statement said.

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