The delegation of the J&K Opposition parties led by Omar Abdullah which met the President Pranab Mukherjee and presented a memorandum which urges him “to impress upon the Central Government to initiate a credible and meaningful process of political dialogue without any further delay involving all stakeholders to address the political issue in the State”.
The delegation also called for a ban on the use of the non-lethal weapons in the state which have so far killed 66 people and blinded more than hundred. Here is the text of the memorandum presented to President:
Shri Pranab Mukherjee
President of India
On behalf of our respective parties, we the undersigned want to convey our grief and concern about the current unrest in Kashmir which has claimed more than sixty young lives till now and resulted in injuries to thousands with many of them being maimed and blinded for life. This is a grave, heart-rending tragedy.
We express our deep disappointment and displeasure at the response of both the Central and the State Government to the current unrest in Kashmir, which stems from their insensitivity towards the sufferings and sentiments of the people of the State.
The failure of the Central Government to acknowledge that the issue in Kashmir is largely of a political nature has worsened the already volatile situation. The Central Government’s refusal to deal with the situation through a political approach is disappointing and can have serious long term implications on peace and stability in the State.
The unchecked use of lethal force against civilians has maimed and blinded hundreds of young boys and girls. The use of such weapons, particularly pellet guns continues unabated while as repeated appeals to ban their use have yielded no results.