Talk of revenge leading to trouble in Kashmir: Citizen's Group

Talk of revenge leading to trouble in Kashmir: Citizen's Group

Amid the recent escalation of violence in Kashmir, a high-profile citizen's group on Tuesday called for dialogue at the appropriate political level to find a solution to the present crisis in the state, while blaming "unrestrained" statements by leaders and "talk of revenge" for the present situation.

In a statement, Concerned Citizen's Group, led by senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha, said the recent escalation of violence in Kashmir has led to the "avoidable loss" of civilian lives, as well as that of security personnel.

It said what is worse is that the violence shows no signs of abating.

"In fact, it is being stoked further by unrestrained public statements by various actors and the talk of revenge. It is also evident that despite being aware of the futility of picking up arms, an increasing number of desperate youngsters are joining the ranks of militants," the statement said.

Besides Sinha, those who signed the statement were activist-academician Rajmohan Gandhi, Delhi High Court former chief justice A P Shah, National Commission for Minorities former chairman Wajahat Habibullah, former bureaucrat Vappala Balachandran, former air vice marshal Kapil Kak, diplomat K C Singh, senior journalist Bharat Bhushan and Centre for Dialogue and Reconciliation executive secretary Sushobha Barve.

"At this critical juncture, when an entire generation of young Kashmiris finds itself at a crossroads, we would like to urge everyone concerned to step back from the conflict. While picking up arms by the militants is bound to attract the use of force against them by the state, intensifying the confrontation can only worsen the situation," the statement said.

"The solution to the present crisis in  Jammu and Kashmir lies in dialogue at the appropriate political level. Only by winning the hearts and minds of the people can their faith in the political process be restored," it said.

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