Concerned Citizens Group, a group of peace activists comprising former bureaucrats and journalists, has urged India to initiate dialogue with all stakeholders as promised in the agenda of PDP-BJP alliance in occupied Kashmir.
According to media sources, the group in a statement issued in New Delhi said, the situation is far from normal in Jammu and Kashmir and we cannot continue to live in denial. “The loss of precious human lives should be unacceptable to all peace loving people and should be ended at the soonest. This will not happen automatically or through the use of force,” it said.
The group said that several military commanders with years of experience in Kashmir had spoken in favour of dialogue as a necessary step towards bringing peace to the troubled region. “We must record our dismay at the hardening of attitudes all around,” it said.
“We would like to appeal to the government of India — let there be no violence in Kashmir during Ramzan,” it said.
“The suffering of people along the Line of Control and the International Border has crossed all limits and has become intolerable. The government must take all measures to stop this mayhem,” the statement said.
We once again urge the government of India to use the opportunity to begin the dialogue with all stakeholders as promised in the agenda for alliance of the Jammu and Kashmir Government, the group said.
The signatories of the group include Justice (retd) A P Shah, Yashwant Sinha, Salman Haidar, J F Ribeiro, Wajahat Habibullah, Vappala Balachandran, A S Dulat, Nirupama Rao, Aruna Roy, Syeda Hameed, Kapil Kak, Manish Tewari, Badri Raina, Zoya Hasan, Ramhchandra Guha, S Irfan Habib, Prem Shankar Jha, Shekhar Gupta, John Dayal, Bharat Bhushan and Sushobha Barve.