Solve Kashmir issue first by starting dialogue: Azad

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New Delhi, Aug 17 (IANS) The Congress on Wednesday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to start a dialogue with the Kashmiris to ensure peace in the Valley before talking about other things like “Balochistan”.

“The situation in Kashmir is very bad. It is getting worse by the day. The central government has failed in taking proper steps in Kashmir. We gave many opportunities to the Prime Minister to address the issue in the Parliament. It was discussed in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha at least six times, but he did not participate in the debate,” senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said, addressing mediapersons.

“We all hoped that he would show his sympathy and love for the people of Kashmir and also appeal to them for peace. But he failed to take advantage of this opportunity. Still, he has not appealed to the people of Kashmir,” he added.

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Azad also said the Prime Minister should put his house in order before talking about other things like “Balochistan.”

“He is talking on other issues, but not talking about his own home. His politics is centred around how to get votes, no matter even if his house is on fire. So, we request him to first put your house in order and then talk about other things,” he said.

“He is not talking on the real issue. He is only talking here and there. First stop the killings in Kashmir. At least two-five people get killed in the Valley everyday. Both civilians and security forces are getting killed. Save the crown of India first, and then he should do other things like visiting Pakistan on its Prime Minister’s (Nawaz Sharif) daughter’s wedding,” he added.

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Azad further said: “There is no dialogue. He should engage with the people. At least talk to the people in Kashmir.”



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