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Give dialogue a chance: MPs’ appeal

Anguished over the situation in Kashmir, Congress leader Karan Singh on Thursday sought a political dialogue, while 40 young MPs cutting across party lines, appealed to the youth to exercise restraint.

delhi Updated: Aug 06, 2010 00:47 IST
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Anguished over the situation in Kashmir, Congress leader Karan Singh on Thursday sought a political dialogue, while 40 young MPs cutting across party lines, appealed to the youth to exercise restraint.

“I would urge that a serious political dialogue be opened with all political parties and groups in J&K to try and arrive at a consensus if possible,” the veteran Rajya Sabha MP said in a statement. Singh said the dialogue process should be started once normalcy is restored.

He said the current situation has left “broader political questions regarding the precise position of the J&K state within India, as well as the differing aspirations of the people must be considered in depth.”

In a separate statement, 40 young MPs asked the youth in the Kashmir to keep trust in dialogue.

Releasing the statement in Parliament House complex, Congress MP Priya Dutt said the MPs were concerned over the loss of lives.

“We, as representatives of the people ourselves, believe that together with a positive frame of mind we can seek resolution only through open communication.”

“History teaches us that any resolution can only be brought about through dialogue and not through violence... We urge our young brothers and sisters in J & K to exercise restraint and have trust in the power of dialogue,” the MPs’ statement said.

Signatories to the statement included Deepender Hooda, Milind Deora and Jyoti Mirdha (Congress), Anurag Thakur (BJP), Akhilesh Yadav (SP), Shatabdi Roy (Trinamool Congress), Supriya Sule (NCP) and Bhavna Gavli (Shiv Sena).

Violence doesn’t halt pilgrims’ progress

Jammu : The violence in Kashmir that has claimed more than 40 lives since June 11 has not deterred pilgrims from going to Amarnath. Around 425,000 pilgrims from various parts of the country have already paid their obeisance at the cave shrine in the last month, sources from the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board said. Another 150,000 devotees are expected to complete the yatra before August 24, when the annual pilgrimage officially ends.

PDP leader Muzaffar Beigh resigns

Srinagar: Senior PDP leader and former Deputy Chief Minister Muzaffar Hussain Beigh on Thursday tendered his resignation from the state assembly.

While, sources close to him said Beigh had taken the decision to resign since he felt that the state assembly had become “meaningless”, there were also reports he was unhappy with PDP for not playing a positive and a meaningful role in the current situation as the main opposition party.