‘Talks must for bloodshed to end in Kashmir’

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Afaq Bhat

Srinagar, Mar 5: The situation in Jammu and Kashmir is turning from bad to worse as there seems no end to bloodshed and killings. Many people believe that talks are must to restore peace. And this important aspect cannot be ignored.
“The recent killings in Shopian have shocked entire Kashmir. People don’t know how to react to the situation,” said an analyst.
He said, “In absence of a sustained dialogue process violence is escalating with the Valley and on the Line of Control. The unending bloodshed is pushing the Kashmir and Kashmiris away and is adding to the alienation.”
A Kashmir watcher said, “New Delhi has to make a renewed attempt to reach out to the people of Kashmir. A process has to start to involve everyone so that things can move. Confrontation is no solution. Use of force and bullet ka badlay bullet is adding fuel to the fire.”
He said, “The people who are propagating that to take on gun wielding youth head on is the only solution should sit back and think why Kashmiri youth have been pushed to the wall.”
Recently senior PDP leader and Works Minister Naeem Akther, who is also the J&K government spokesman said, “I hope the central government, under the leadership of PM Modi will make an effort to reach out to the people of Jammu and Kashmir, address the causes of alienation and trust deficit, and work towards finding a lasting solution to the problems plaguing the state.”
He said, “Country’s political leadership needs to pick up the threads and carry forward the reconciliation and resolution process started by AtalBihari Vajpayee in 2003 which had helped in substantively transform the ground situation in the state, both within the mainland and along the borders.”
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has been reiterating that dialogue is the only way for peace to be restored in Jammu and Kashmir. “All the political leaders in Kashmir irrespective of their ideologies believe that dialogue is the only way forward. History stands testimony to the fact that whenever relations between India and Pakistan have improved Kashmiris have heaved a sigh of relief and violence levels have come down,” said an observer.
He said, “New Delhi cannot keep on ignoring the fact that Pakistan and Kashmiri leaders are the stake holders. Till date both are not roped in Kashmir would continue to bleed and situation won’t change.”
A politician said, “People at the helm have to acknowledge the ground realities and act rather than just relying on the forces to set the things right. Lack of political initiative has turned the situation complex.”