'Leveraging Kashmir For Electoral Purposes Dangerous'

SRINAGAR — Any attempt to leverage the developments in J&K for electoral purposes is fraught with danger and should be avoided at all costs, a group of senior Indian citizens said on Saturday.

"At a time when the nation is passing through trying circumstances, we appeal that the government must not take any steps which detract from the Constitutional framework of the country or the universally accepted principles of Rule of Law", the group said in a joint statement. 

The group that includes former Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha, Ex Chief Information Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah, Air Vice Marshal (R) Kapil Kak, activist Sushobha Barve and journalist Bharat Bhushan, said: "It is imperative that no innocent Kashmiri, within J&K or in the rest of India, is made to feel insecure or unsafe". 
The group said recent pronouncements of the Supreme Court in this context have brought 'much solace'.

"We recognize that terrorism is a grave threat to the nation, especially terrorism emanating from Pakistan and deserves to be condemned in the strongest terms. Terrorism is a grave issue and has to be dealt with unitedly by the nation’s leadership cutting across political lines". 

Emphasising that the current situation must be dealt with in a non-partisan manner, the group said, "Any attempt to leverage the developments in J&K for electoral purposes is fraught with danger and should be avoided at all costs".

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