Senior Congress leader Karan Singh today said the all-party delegation, which is scheduled to visit Kashmir on September 4, should talk to ‘everyone’ to find a way out of the current unrest in the Valley which has so far claimed 69 lives.
“It is my personal opinion that it (all-party delegation) should talk to everyone who is willing to talk because it is only through dialogue that there can be some movement forward,” Singh told reporters here.
Singh, son of the last king of Kashmir – Hari Singh, however, said the separatists must be ready to talk to the delegation too.
“They (separatists) should also be ready to talk. If they say beforehand that they will not talk, then how would there be a dialogue,” he said.
The Rajya Sabha member said the situation in the Valley has pained him and he has come here to share the pain of the people.
“I wanted to come early but there was curfew here. I have come here to share the pain of the people. I am pained by the situation since the last two months. Many youth have lost their lives, hundreds have been injured, and business and tourism has come to a standstill,” he said.
He stated that children’s future is getting affected as the educational institutions remained closed due to restrictions and strike.
“I have come here to meet all of you, to ask you what is happening and to listen to you. I have come to express my sympathy and I want the peace to return to the Valley,” he said.
“I want the children to return to schools and colleges because their future is getting affected. They have to think, their parents have to think about it. We all have to think, I pray that the situation improves,” he added.