Srinagar: Senior CPI(M) leader and MLA Kulgam Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami today said the present calm in Kashmir should not be misread or construed as normalcy and an indication of the end of the ongoing unrest.
“It should rather be taken as a valuable opportunity to realise and address the political nature of the Kashmir issue and should ensure an unconditional and time bound dialogue with all the stakeholders, for delineating a practical roadmap leading to the permanent resolution of the problem which has been eating into the vitals of the people of Jammu and Kashmir,” he said at a convention on “Kashmir” organized by CPI (M) Mumbai.
The convention was attended by a cross section of people including intellectuals, writers, journalists, economists and academics.
He said the GoI is reluctant to accept the ground situation and recognize the nature of ongoing unrest and cautioned that any semblance of normalcy should not make the rulers complacent, because till the time the root cause of the ongoing turmoil is not removed, the smouldering sparks will flare up and fire will engulf the State again and again.
“Complacency, negligence and war are no solutions to this vexed problem while acceptance of its political nature and credible, sincere dialogue between India and Pakistan on the one hand and New Delhi and the political stakeholders including the separatist groups is the only pragmatic way out,” he said.
The CPI (M) leader said that the real issue is alienation, hopelessness and denial of democratic rights to the people of Jammu and Kashmir, which needs to be addressed politically and steps taken in the past with a sole purpose of crisis management must not be repeated.
Terming dialogue the only way out, he said any meaningful engagement among the stakeholders should be unconditional.
Tarigami cited five points must be taken to end the current stalemate.
• Immediate cessation of the use of pellet guns.
• Judicial enquiry into all instances of excesses committed by the security forces against civilians.
• Adequate compensation to all families who have suffered loss of lives and rehabilitation of the injured.
• Immediate review of cases of those arrested under draconian Public Safety Act and other laws.
• Security and safety measures for businessmen and Kashmiri students studying outside the state. (PTK)