New Delhi: The Concerned Citizens Group, which had met public delegations and resistance leadership in the aftermath of last year’s uprising, asked New Delhi on Saturday to begin a dialogue in Jammu and Kashmir by involving all the stakeholders.
“We are deeply concerned at the deteriorating situation in the Kashmir Valley. The loss of lives in the recent incidents was unnecessary and avoidable,” said former minister Yashwant Sinha and members of the Concerned Citizens Group.
“The issue of Jammu and Kashmir is a political issue and demands a political solution,” they said in a statement.
“The present bloodshed must come to an end, and dialogue alone will achieve this,” it added.
Sinha, in December 2016, led the Concerned Citizens Group, a team of eminent members — Wajahat Habibullah, Sushobha Barve, Bharat Bhushan and retired Air Marsal Kapil Kak, to Kashmir and held dialogue with the stakeholders.
They also released a report with recommendations for restoring peace in the valley.
The visit was aimed at finding ways to restore peace in Kashmir, which was witnessing widespread unrest and violence after the killing of militant Burhan Wani in July 2016. (Agencies)