Ahead of the all-party team’s visit to J&K, Left parties Saturday came out with suggestions to de-escalate the tension in the Valley and find a long-term “political solution” to the Kashmir issue.
Yechury and CPI leaders S Sudhakar Reddy and D Raja said the government should announce confidence building measures including cessation of the use of pellet guns, withdrawal of AFSPA and Army from civilian areas, judicial inquiry into excesses committed by armed forces and announcement of compensation for families of victims. “The three regions of the state, Jammu, the Valley and Ladakh, should have autonomous structures within the state of J&K,” they said in a statement.
Asked if the separatists will agree to talk to the all-party team, CPM MLA in Kulgam Yousuf Tarigami said: “I am not sure. But even if they do not respond, heavens will not fall if the government makes an effort to engage. This will help create an atmosphere.”