Instead of Kashmiris, who will you talk to, “Gaurakshaks”? Mani Shankar Aiyar taunts government

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Updated: August 10, 2016 3:04:29 PM

Senior Congress leader mani Shankar Aiyar taunted the government by saying that the government perhaps will talk to 'gaurakshaks', instead of the Kashmiris or the Pakistan government.

gaurakshak, kashmir issue, pellet gun victims, kashmir protests, kashmir gaurakshak, kashmir, parliament kashmir, kashmir parliamentAiyar stressed that Kashmir is a part of India, thus making its issues, India’s issues. (Reuters)

Senior Congress leader mani Shankar Aiyar taunted the government by saying that the government perhaps will talk to ‘gaurakshaks’, instead of the Kashmiris or the Pakistan government. Aiyar on Wednesday asked the government to stop blaming Pakistan on the Kashmir issue. Aiyar stressed that Kashmir is a part of India, thus making its issues, India’s issues. He said that blaming Pakistan for our problems will solve anything. Pakistan will keep doing what they have been doing, he added. He questioned the government on their inability to talk to the disgruntled people in Kashmir. He said that Musharraf became the President of Pakistan despite the Kargil war and former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had started complex talks with him.

Aiyar expressed severe disappointment and said that the government doesn’t understand that it is not enough to just have Kashmir. We have to make sure that the Kashmiris are ours too, he added. He strongly suggested that India needs to start a dialogue with Kashmir. Earlier today, in the Rajya Sabha, Sitaram Yechuri of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), said that a system of trust has to be built between the government and the only way to make sure of that is by having diplomatic talks. He emphasised on the need for initiation of a political dialogue on the central issue i.e, the promises made to the Kashmiri people.

The debate was initiated by opposition leader Gulam Nabi Azad after a month of violence in the valley following the killing of Mujaheedin commander Burhan Wani. the state has been in a state of complete lockdown for over a month now. More than 55 are reported to have been killed in the clashes between the civilian population and the Indian Army. Hundreds have been shot by pellet guns and lost their eyesight.

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