Srinagar, June 7: All Parties Sikh Coordination Committee (APSCC) today appealed the governments of India and Pakistan to take tangible measures in order to bring about peace in Jammu & Kashmir so that the bloodshed gets stopped in valley and people living on borders are safe.
The appeal was made during a general meeting of APSCC held here. The Sikh leaders made a compassionate appeal to India and Pakistan to start a meaningful dialogue exercise without any wastage of time. They said that since lot of blood has spilled over, time has come when the bloodshed should come to an end.
In a statement issued after the meeting, APSCC Chairman Jagmohan Singh Raina said that as a part of goodwill gesture New Delhi should immediately release separatist leaders and other political activists as well as youth who are languishing in jails both within the state and outside. He said that Government of India should rope in stakeholders through dialogue in order to end the uncertainty.
“Dialogue as announced by Home Minister Rajnath Singh should not be sweet words to play with the sentiments of majority community, but it should satisfy minorities including Sikhs, Dogras and Kashmiri Pandits. At the same time it is important that people living in regions like Poonch, Rajouri, Doda, Bhaderwah, Leh and Kargil are involved in this whole process,” said Raina.
The APSCC Chairman said that mainstream national parties like Congress, BJP, SP, BSP, AIADMK, CPI, CPI-M and Janta Dal should evolve a consensus as how to proceed ahead with the dialogue process with the different stakeholders in Jammu & Kashmir. He said that sincerity holds key to such a process and separatists need to be taken on board in the dialogue process.
“There are many political parties and people who are having vested interests and they would never want the peace to return to the valley and would sabotage the dialogue. Prominent regional parties of the valley especially National Conference and PDP have to work towards the interests of the people of state and no politics should be involved in this whole process,” said Raina.