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Militancy on peak in South Kashmir as youth have felt neglected: Ghulam Nabi Azad

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Says instead of abusing one another all political parties should work together to bring back confidence of people in popular government

Kulgam, Nov 27 : Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Saturday said that militancy has been on peak in Kulgam, Pulwama and Shopian districts of the Valley for the past few years as people especillay youth have lost trust in the government.

Talking to reporters in Kulgam, Azad, as per Kashmir News Service (KNS), 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.

“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 on 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 demilitation 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. (KNS)

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