Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has said that violence is no solution to issues, while the main opposition National Conference (NC) working president Omar Abdullah fear the situation could get worse.
The Pradesh Congress Committee has strongly condemned the death of five civilians in security force action in Shopian on Sunday. However, the party has announced to cancel the proposed Secretariat Gherao programme om Monday, when the seat of the government, including the office of Chief Minister, her cabinet colleagues and top bureaucrats, will reopen in summer capital, Srinagar.
The separatists have called for general strike in Kashmir and sit-in near the civil secretariat against the Shopian killings.
Taking to micro-blogging site twitter Ms Mehbooba said, “The loss of 5 innocent civilians in Shopian serves as a grim reminder that violence is no solution to the issues that plague us. We all must unite & pull J&K out of this endless nightmare by engaging in sustained & meaningful dialogue”.
In a statement last night, she appealed to leadership of country to display statesmanship to let Jammu and Kashmir come out of this vicious cycle.
Expressing deep anguish and grief over the death the civilians, the Chief Minister said, “It sounds very depressing to note that our state is losing young lives to the unending cycle of violence who could otherwise be utilised for a positive contribution to the state.”
She said deaths have brought a stark fact to fore that gun, either way of a militant or that of security forces, is no solution for resolving issues.
“I have reiterated it time and again that political issues need political interventions”, she said while telling the youth that their energies, youthfulness, dreams and aspirations are far more important and sacred to society than their bodies or graves.