Speaking to news agency ANI, the Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, said, “I hope we will be able to find solutions, our delegation will be beneficial for Kashmir and for the country.”
Azad, who has earlier served as the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, also said that the visit would facilitate interaction between the Kashmiri people and the political parties. “Of course we won’t be able to take decisions on the spot but it will be an opportunity for parties and Kashmiri people to interact.”
On Saturday, the 65-year-old Congress leader had said that the channels of dialogue should always be open. However, it was the government’s work to identify the stakeholders. Azad also reiterated his party’s stand denouncing the use of pellet guns in the Valley. “Our stand still remains that pellet guns should not be used and should be avoided completely and should be replaced with less lethal options.”
In order to find an end to the cycle of violence in Kashmir that began with Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani’s death, Home Minister Rajnath Singh will lead an all-party delegation to the state on Sunday. Based on the feedback and suggestions given by the delegation, the Centre would take a final decision on the Kashmir unrest, he said.