As the Bharatiya Janata Party is in power both at the centre and in Jammu and Kashmir, a Pakistani newspaper said that new ideas are now needed to help bring peace to Jammu and Kashmir and Modi government should act wisely.
The Dawn also said in an editorial that the current “chaos” in the Kashmir Valley would end only when Indian security forces stopped using live ammunition to disperse angry protesters.
“Now new ideas are needed that can help bring peace to this troubled region,” it said.
As the Bharatiya Janata Party is in power both nationally and in Jammu and Kashmir, “surely the party has a good idea of the Kashmiris’ suffering and can advise New Delhi accordingly”.
Instead, the BJP is focusing on plans such as diluting or removing Article 370 of the Indian constitution which recognizes Jammu and Kashmir’s special status.
“Such a move would only fuel further disaffection in the region,” the editorial warned.
More than 30 people, mostly youths, have been killed in firing by security forces since mass protests erupted following last week’s killing of a top militant commander, Burhan Wani.
Saying “a wiser approach is needed”, the Dawn suggested discussing Kashmir in the India-Pakistan dialogue “with the Kashmiris themselves taking an active part in the conversation.
A peaceful solution acceptable to Pakistan, India and the people of Kashmir should be the goal.”