Strongly advocating the need to find a “political solution” to the ongoing unrest in Kashmir, the Congress party today slammed the Narendra Modi-led government for always blaming the Pakistani military for the turmoil in the valley.
Talking to media persons, senior Congress leader and former Defence Minister AK Antony said that the govt should send an all-party delegation to Kashmir as the first step towards finding the political solution.
“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,” senior Congress leader and former Defence Minister AK Antony said today.
“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 added.
The former defence minister also made an appeal for not making any provocative statement with regard to Kashmir.
65 persons, including two cops, have been killed and several thousand others injured in the clashes that began on July 9, a day after Wani was killed in an encounter with security forces in Kokernag area of Anantnag district.
Shops, private offices, educational institutions and petrol pumps remained closed for the 46th consecutive day today while public transport continued to be off roads. The attendance in government offices and banks was also affected.