New Delhi: The Congress on Friday said there was a need to find where the problems in Kashmir started; stressing that it was the only state to collectively reject the two-nation theory in 1947.
Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, who is also a former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, also said that while the government’s response was fine, they would be satisfied only when peace is restored in the Kashmir Valley.
“Kashmiri Muslims were first to reject the two-nation theory. The constituent assembly of Jammu and Kashmir declared itself an integral part of India. We must together go to the root from where the problem started,” Azad said while talking to journalists after an all-party meet here on Kashmir.
“If there is a mistake we must correct it,” he said.
Asked if he was satisfied with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s response, Azad said: “We will be satisfied when peace is restored.”
Quoting former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Azad said he urged the government to find a solution.
Singh, in his speech at the meeting, said their government made serious efforts to resolve issues in Kashmir, adding that he recognised his government did not totally succeed.
“It is the government’s duty to prepare a road map to solve the Kashmir issue,” Singh said.
APSCC terms all party meeting meaningless exercise
Srinagar: Terming the all party meeting on Kashmir as meaningless exercise as no stakeholders including Huriyat Conference, regional parties and representatives of minorities were invited for the same, the All Party Sikh Coordination Committee (APSCC) has said that the central government has taken too long to hold meeting on Kashmir issue.
APSCC (south Kashmir) and President GPC Pulwama Dr J.S Shaan said (meeting) can be for administrative purpose but it cannot resolve the ongoing Kashmir crisis. He expressed concern over the killing and pallet injuries in south Kashmir and urged that at this crucial time more medical staff is needed and urged that government should come up with financial support to the injured so that appropriate treatment in or outside state is provided.
At the same time APSCC (North) and Sikh Student Federation President Rajinder Singh said, ”We are made hostage by the government since last 1 month and to make talks meaningful the agitated youth leaders should also be taken in confidence in coming talks or it will be meaningless.” They urged the government to immediately release the arrested youth so that a good atmosphere is created for dialogue.
APSCC Chairman Jagmohan Singh Raina said that discussion in parliament was meaningless as most of Parliamentarians including Dr. Karan Singh, Sitaram Yachuri, Sharad Yadav, Prof. Ramgopal Yadav, Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa were unaware of ground zero situation that erupted in Kashmir Valley. “Let these Parliamentarians visit the ground zero to know the reality and thereafter take any call on Kashmir,” he said.