Kashmir situation will improve if govt calls for dialogue: Yashwant Sinha

Yashwant Sinha

New Delhi, Oct 3, 2017: Senior Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Yashwant Sinha on Tuesday said that the situation in Jammu and Kashmir will “dramatically improve” if the Modi-led government initiates a dialogue with various stakeholders.

Delivering a talk on “Kashmir: Now, and Way Forward”, Sinha pressed for an urgent dialogue with “our own people” of Jammu and Kashmir, saying too much violence has already taken place and too many lives lost, including that of the security forces, and it’s time to put an end to this.

He said it has now become the primary responsibility of the Army to be in the forefront in the fight against militancy in Jammu and Kashmir.

The former minister said he was against the excessive use of armed forces in controlling internal law and order situation, including in Jammu and Kashmir.

“There is a case for the Army going back to the barracks, leaving the operations (against militancy) to the CRPF and the J&K Police,” he said, adding “It will act like a balm on the psyche of the people.”

The CRPF is well equipped and trained to handle militancy like they tackle Left Wing Extremism problem in the country in collaboration with the local police, he argued.

He also said Kashmir was a political problem and people want the dialogue process to begin as was “promised” to them.

Mentioning about BJP and Jammu and Kashmir’s Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP) coalition government in the state, Yashwant Sinha said while both the parties agreed on a common agenda of governance and agreed on the need of dialogue with each stockholder of Jammu & Kashmir to resolve the problem, but it has hit a roadblock.

“I have an opportunity of serving the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government and the agenda announced by the current BJP-PDP agrees to follow the same path shown by former prime minister. Same path should be followed.”

“J&K issue has been the longest unfortunate problem or issue and it is with us since our independence. We should also remember that J&K is the only Muslim state that rejects Pakistan and idea of Pakistan and joined India, and it is unfortunate that over last the 70 years successively by each government the people of state were let down. And, now they have a strong feeling of betrayal and discrimination and now they tell you that we always been in denial on their misery,” said Sinha.

Wefornews Bureau

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