KUTA demands immediate end to bloodshed

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SRINAGAR: Kashmir University Teachers Association (KUTA) has expressed grave concern over the worsening law and order situation in the state and has demanded an immediate end to continuing bloodshed and civilian killings in the valley.
A spokesperson of KUTA in a statement called for urgent political and diplomatic initiatives to diffuse the situation and to seek political resolution of Kashmir issue before the situation spirals completely out of control.
It has called upon New Delhi and state government to stop viewing Kashmir through the prism of law and order problem only and tackling it with heavy military might. It has termed the increasing trend of youth joining militancy as worrisome that needs to be handled politically rather than militarily.
“It is even more alarming that highly educated and employed youth too are resorting to guns for expressing their sentiments and seeking justice due to diminishing faith in the state and its political establishments further emphasising the fact that Kashmir issue is a political issue that needs political intervention and not an issue of unemployment or economic packages,” the spokesperson said.
He said it is high time that the government engages in sincere and meaningful negotiations with all stakeholders for resolution of the Kashmir issue.
The Association has impressed upon the government to put an end to the disproportionate and indiscriminate use of fire arms against unarmed civilians and to exercise restraint while dealing with furious civilian mobs.
The spokesperson also condemned the “covert attempts of certain political parties aimed at stoking fire in the valley and resorting to vote bank politics over civilian and militant deaths” and termed such attempts as disastrous for the state.