Stressing that Kashmir needs a “political” solution, former defence minister AK Antony on Tuesday said always blaming the Pakistani military and not taking proper action is not good, and thus, the government must start a political dialogue to find a political solution to the Kashmir crisis.
“Kashmir needs a political solution. As a first step, the government must send an all-party delegation, and then start a political dialogue to find a political solution. We can’t delay it anymore. The government must start acting on war footing. At any cost we must win hearts of the people, especially the youth, of the Kashmir Valley,” Antony told reporters.
The former defence minister said, “I know there are problems. Pakistani military is creating more and more problems. They will continue to do so, nobody can stop that. But, always blaming the Pakistani military and not taking proper action is not good.”
He appealed to everybody not issue provocative statements in this regard. Pressure is mounting on the Centre to send an all-party delegation to the restive Kashmir Valley to mitigate the present crisis situation triggered after security forces neutralised Hizb-ul-Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani on July 8. As many as 65 people have been killed in protest-violence and thousands, including security forces, left injured. Besides, curfew continued unabated in several districts of the Valley, bringing life to standstill virtually.
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