Govt. failed to restore peace in Kashmir: Chidambaram

Chidambaram, File Photo

Former finance minister P. Chidambaram on Sunday hit out at the Centre government for failing to restore peace in the Jammu Kashmir valley.

In a series of nine tweets, Chidambaram pointed out the weak and inefficient steps taken by the Modi government.

“From time to time we are rudely reminded that there is an issue concerning the state of Jammu & Kashmir. The last reminder came on the night of 30-31 December 2017, when militants attacked the CRPF Training Centre at Lethpora in Pulwama district killing five CRPF personnel and injuring three,” Chidambaram tweeted.

On the appointment of interlocutor Dineshwar Sharma for Kashmir, the former finance minister said the initiative was rebuffed by various stakeholders in the valley as a pre-election gimmick.

“On the eve of the election in Gujarat, the government appointed Mr. Dineshwar Sharma as Special Representative (SR), but his mandate was not clear. Subsequently, it was indicated that the SR will talk to anyone who was willing to meet him, and therein lies the catch,” he tweeted.

“If you are one of those who had thought that the hard, muscular, militaristic approach of the government should be given a chance, please look at the table once again. You may change your view,” he added.

In his tweets the former minister praised the steps taken by former prime minister Manmohan Singh and Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the senior Congress leader said that the wisdom lies in actively working to find a political solution.

“Wisdom lies in actively working to find a political solution to the issue of J&K. Both Mr. A B Vajpayee and Dr. Manmohan Singh will be remembered for their diligent efforts to find a solution to the issue,” Chidambaram added.


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