Failure to address unrest in J&K will lead to alienation, say Oppn leaders

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New Delhi, Aug 22: Opposition party leaders from Jammu and Kashmir on Monday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to initiate dialogue with stakeholders while also stating that a continued failure to address the unrest in Kashmir will further deepen the sense of alienation.

The opposition leaders led by former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Omar Abdullah also urged the Modi to impose an immediate ban on pellet guns.

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While submitting a memorandum to the prime minister, the delegation said that the ground situation in the state was bad following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani. They also said over 66 people have been killed in the state following clashes with security forces.

The opposition leaders had on Saturday met with President Pranab Mukherjee and voiced concerns about the situation in the state. During the meeting they urged the President to urge the Prime Minister to find a political solution to the ongoing unrest in Jammu and Kashmir.

The delegation says that the only way forward is to find a political solution to the problem. Moreover a solution to the problem can be found only if the government speaks with all stake holders in the Valley, the delegation also said.

Kashmir has been on the boil since the past 45 days following the death of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani on July 8. Widespread protests broke out in the state between people and security forces following Wani's death.

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