Political parties should work together for confidence building: Azad

Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad addressing public meeting at Kulgam on Saturday.
Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad addressing public meeting at Kulgam on Saturday.

‘Militancy on peak as people have lost confidence on Govt’
Fayaz Bukhari
Srinagar Nov 27: Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad today said that militancy is on peak in South Kashmir districts for the past few years as people especially the youth have lost trust in the Government and political parties should shun differences and work for confidence building.
Talking to reporters in Kulgam and addressing a public meeting, Azad said that the people especially the youth have lost confidence in the Government as their aspirations have been neglected.
He said that militancy in the Valley is rising but South Kashmir has witnessed more militancy in the past three years and the reason behind this step of the people needs to be known.
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“It is important that leaders should visit those areas where militancy has been surging. Keeping aside the politics, all the political parties instead of abusing each other should work to create a situation in J&K, where the people can again trust the Government,” he added.
Azad said that the confidence of people needs to be restored. “I appeal to all the political leaders including my party leaders to refrain from abusing other leaders just for the sake of politics. To create a peaceful situation in J&K especially where militancy is at peak is the need of the hour. The people of J&K are in pain, they are confused and that needs to be changed in order to bring back their confidence in popular Government,” he said.
Azad said that in the All Party Meeting they have already conveyed their stand to the government that first Statehood should be restored to J&K and after that delimitation should happen. “But the Government didn’t agree so we appeal to the Government to finish delimitation process till February 2022 so that in the March-April election process can be started,” he said.
He said that it is not only the Kashmiri Muslims who are demanding restoration of Statehood, but every citizen of Jammu and Kashmir wants it. “The Pandits, Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims of Jammu and Kashmir are unified in the demand of restoration of Statehood,” he said.
“Our priority at this hour is not to be Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir but to restore pre-August, 2019 position to J&K,” he said.
Azad said there is a need to create an atmosphere in the militancy-infested areas as people in such areas were “worried and have become disappointed”.
“There is one type of disappointment here where as there is another type in Jammu, Katra or Udhampur,” he said without elaborating further.