Urgent steps needed to find political solution in Jammu & Kashmir: A K Antony

"Situation in Kashmir Valley would explode and would go out of hand if urgent steps were not initiated to find a solution", Former Defence Minister A K Antony said.

By: PTI | Thiruvananthapurm | Updated: August 23, 2016 2:59 pm
A K Antony, kashmir, kashmir valley, kashmir issue, kashmir situation, kashmir violence, kashmir unrest, kashmir protests, kashmir india, kashmir news, jammu, jammu kashmir, india news Urgent steps should be initiated for holding dialogue with all stakeholders in the state to find a political solution in the Valley, Antony said. (Source: File)

Former Defence Minister A K Antony on Tuesday said the situation in Kashmir would “explode” and go out of hand if urgent steps were not initiated to find a solution, as he demanded that an all-party delegation be immediately sent to the Valley. “Situation in Kashmir Valley would explode and would go out of hand if urgent steps were not initiated to find a solution”, he said while releasing a book written by a group of journalists from Kerala who visited Kashmir two years ago.

“Kashmir is a volcano now. There is mistrust, fear and anger among the minds of people, especially among youths. The Centre should intervene immediately, otherwise there would be an explosion. Things in Kashmir would become uncontrollable,” the Congress leader said. Urgent steps should be initiated for holding dialogue with all stakeholders in the state to find a political solution in the Valley, Antony said, adding that efforts should be made to win the hearts and trust of the people in Kashmir.

“It is a difficult task, but we have to do that,” he said. “We should regain the trust of youths, that could be achieved only through talks,” he said, adding “if conventional paths are not suitable, other ways should be adopted and a human approach should be made.”

“Few such attempts were made when UPA was in power. But, it could not move forward,” he said. “Terrorists in the Valley and people of Kashmir should not be treated alike,” he added.

Referring to the situation in the Valley, which continues to remain under curfew for the last 45 days, he said this was for the first time in free India that curfew continued for such a long period in Kashmir. The government failed to realise the seriousness of the issue in the initial stages. But they have now understood the seriousness of the situation. No one should make statements that vitiate the atmosphere in Kashmir.

Pakistan military has so far not recognised Kashmir as a part of India and that was the root cause of the problems in the Valley, he said. “Pakistan government and military have failed to come to terms with the reality that Jammu and Kashmir is part of India… Pakistan has a major role for the present problems,” he said. Terrorists infiltrate into Kashmir with the help of Pakistan military, he charged. “In some cases terrorists trained by Pakistan military also come to India,” he said.

Asserting that a political solution was the only way to solve the problems, the Congress leader said the Centre should send an all-party delegation to Kashmir immediately.

The book is a collection of articles written by 25 journalists about their experience of their visit to Kashmir. Antony handed over a copy of the book, published by the State Public Relation Department, to state Co-operation and Tourism Minister A C Moideen.

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    Bakumbai
    Aug 23, 2016 at 2:41 pm
    Meaningless and shameless advice from a discredited Congress man who is one of those responsible for this mess by showing leniency to Pak as a defense minister.
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      madan gupta
      Aug 23, 2016 at 11:22 pm
      what the congress did in 60 years. managed to kill shyama parshad mukerjee with the help of sheikh abdullah.
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        Sajid Ansari
        Aug 23, 2016 at 11:34 am
        Well, one of the following two solutions can provide peace in the region.lt;br/gt;1. Plebiscite in-accordance with UN Resolution - 1948 in J and K, including PoK, andlt;br/gt;2. Nuclear Warlt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Choice is yours.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;There is no third way of solving this problem because the 'Talks' by virtue of which India wants to keep the status of this problem hanging under Talks, has not yielded any results during the last 68 years.so it is useless to keep on "talking"lt;br/gt; lt;br/gt;If Canadian government can go for Referendum in Quebec and British in Scotland why India is shy of going for Referendum in Kashmir despite UN Resolution-1948 on Kashmir...?
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          Sanjay Kulkarni
          Aug 23, 2016 at 12:06 pm
          "Saintly" advice.
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            SARDAR KHAN
            Aug 28, 2016 at 2:55 pm
            The only in name world big democracy does not believe in plebiscite but rather she believes in Accession. Surely that will be an embarrment for them , as it was in the referendum of Khyber Pukhtonkhwa(NFWP) in 1947 , where Ghandi alongwith Khan Abdul Ghafar Khan were defeated. According to the official results, there were 572,798 registered voters out of which 289,244 (99.02%) votes were cast in favor of stan while only 2874 (0.98%) were cast in favor of India. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;So Nuclear war is best option against such criminals.
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