Senior Congress leader and leader of the opposition in Rajia Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, during an all party meeting held under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, sought resumption of dialogue over Kashmir with separatist leadership and the government of Pakistan.
He also voiced his serious concern over Chinese army’s intervention in Skim sector and the lynch mob attacks by cow vigilantes.
Participating in the discussion at the all party meeting Azad sought the attention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh towards the prevailing situation in Kashmir and said that militancy is a challenge which the Army, paramilitaries and states police are facing for the last twenty seven years. He however said that it was for the first time the normal activity of the government has come to a grinding halt due to prevailing situation in Kashmir.
Regretting that central governments is using arm twisting methods to silence dissenting voices in Jammu and Kashmir, Azad said “gun is not solution to the Kashmir crisis. In Jammu and Kashmir, there is a political problem and that has to be tackled at political level. Unfortunately the government has shut all doors and windows for dialogue and not even a ventilator for dialogue has been kept open to allow the people of Jammu and Kashmir to run their normal lives smoothly”.
“Coalition governments were running affairs of the state in past also but the people were allowed to run normal life. Dialogue with both the separatist leadership and the government of Pakistan is the only way to restore peace and political stability in Jammu and Kashmir State”, he said.
Touching upon the issue of the recent attacks of cow vigilantes on Muslims in different parts of the country, Azad impressed upon both the prime minister and home minister that words are “not enough to stop attacks of cow vigilantes on minorities but stern action should be taken against cow vigilantes responsible for attacks on minorities to restore the faith in the working of the government and the rule of law.’’
Azad also sought immediate measures for protection of minorities in trade and business as they are “victimized by some black sheep who misuse power to instigate communal divides even in the implementation of new business laws in the country.’’
Reacting sharply over the military intervention of China in the Skim sector, Azad said “the opposition led by Congress party will forcefully raise the issue of China border dispute in the parliament beginning its monsoon session from tomorrow and seek proper clarifications from the government on this count. “
Azad was speaking at the all party meeting convened by the government a day before the beginning of the monsoon session of the parliament and the meeting was chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and attended among other by Home Minister Rajnath Singh and other senior ministers of the Modi Government.