PM on Kashmir unrest: PDP welcomes Narendra Modi statement; Congress says ‘too late’

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Updated: Aug 09, 2016 10:34 PM

While Prime Minister Narendra Modi's statement on Kashmir on Tuesday a negative response from opposition parties, yet Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) accepted it.

narendra modi, kashmir, pdp, congress, modi kashmir, kashmir unrest, bjp pdp, burhan wani, hizbul mujahideenPrime Minister Narendra Modi called for the use of a path of ‘democracy and dialogue’ and ‘insaniyat’, jamhuriyat and Kashmiriyat’ which were the terms used by former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. (PTI)

While Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement on Kashmir on Tuesday recieved a negative response from opposition parties, yet Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) welcomed it. The opposition parties like Congress, termed the remarks as ‘late’ and and said that the statements show a lack of understanding of the current situation. Although, PDP said that it is a new hope for fresh beginning of a dialogue process which may be sustainable in the future. Naeem Akhtar, education minister of Jammu and Kashmir said,”We welcome the Prime Minister’s intervention and hope that it will mark a fresh beginning in a sustained dialogue process for addressing the issues confronted by the state.” Naeem Akhtar is PDP-BJP’s spokesperson in J&K. He said that the government hope the dialogues will continue even after the current issue is resolved.

Congress said that PM Modi should speak in the debate which is to be held on Wednesday in the parliament regarding the Kashmir issue. The party claimed that the statements from the Prime Minister has come in very late. After a turmoil which has been running in the state of Jammu and Kashmir for the last 32 days, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for the use of a path of ‘democracy and dialogue’ and ‘insaniyat’, jamhuriyat and Kashmiriyat’ which were the terms used by former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. He said this while addressing a rally at Bhabra in Madhya Pradesh.

Meanwhile Awami Ittehad Party (AIP) legislator Sheikh Abdul Rasheed said that the statement has made the citizens of the state ‘hopeless’ since there is no ‘concrete’ solution and just asking Kashmiris to help in restoring normalcy will not help the cause. Kashmir has been in the turmoil for more than a month after Burhan Wani,a Hizbul Mujahideen militant was killed on July 8.

(with agency inputs)

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