Kashmir: Congress calls for dialogue with separatists

Srinagar: Pitching for a dialogue with separatists to end the ongoing unrest in Kashmir, Opposition Congress on Tuesday said it had asked both the central and the state governments to identify the relevant non-mainstream parties and stakeholders in the Valley for the talks.
“We have said both inside the House (Parliament) and in all-party meeting, which was presided over by Prime Minister of India (Narendra Modi) and which we attended as an Opposition, that he should hold an all-party meeting,” Congress general secretary and Leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad told reporters here.
“We had also said that the process of dialogue should be initiated as soon as possible if they want the things to improve on ground. And for that it is important we do not confine our dialogue only to mainstream political parties,” he said.
Azad said the government must identify important and relevant non-mainstream parties in Kashmir to have a dialogue with them to improve the situation in the Valley.
“It is the non-mainstream political parties, not only in our state but across the country, they do not have normally any representatives in the assemblies and Parliament. So we need to talk besides mainstream political parties, (to) other non-mainstream political parties and all other stakeholders,” Azad said.

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