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Stop violence, start political process in Kashmir: Yechury

"We have to end the violence and the current bloodshed in Kashmir. And start a political process to bring an end to the problems of people of Kashmir," Yechury said in the Rajya Sabha

CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury on Wednesday urged the central government to work out a political solution to problems in restive Kashmir Valley.

“We have to end the violence and current bloodshed in Kashmir and start a political process to bring an end to the problems of people of Kashmir,” Yechury said in the Rajya Sabha during a long debate on the situation in the Valley.

“The government must call for an all-party meeting and consult all shades of opinion. What is preventing this government from starting a political process (to resolve the Kashmir problem),” he asked.

The Communist Party of India-Marxist leader called for ending the use of pellet guns against Kashmiri protesters that has partially or fully blinded hundreds in the Valley during the month-long unrest.

“We should stop the use of pellet guns,” he said, flashing a picture of a pellet injury victim from Kashmir.

Yechury asked: “Why is there a mistrust with the people of Kashmir? If there is a trust deficit, you have to create an environment of trust.”

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