New Delhi: Former Home Minister of India and senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Sunday said that New Delhi’s “maximalist” position on Kashmir had “aggravated” the problem in the Valley.
His remarks came two days after the central government briefed opposition parties on the situation in Kashmir in the aftermath of an attack on Amarnath pilgrims.
Chidambaram said that Kashmir was a “festering wound” and the people of the Valley were caught between “two maximalist positions”, of the central government and the militants.
The casualties are the people of Jammu and Kashmir and the future of the state, he said in a series of tweets.
“Just as the militants have taken a maximalist position that has to be rejected out of hand, the central government has taken a maximalist position that has aggravated the problem,” he said.
The senior Congress spokesperson posted on Twitter that on many occasions in the past, he had “cautioned that the Kashmir issue or problem (or by whatever name it is called) was a festering wound.”