NAPM seeks to give way to democratic aspirations of people of Kashmir

The National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM) today urged that it is high time to put an end to military and militant violence and give way to democratic aspirations of people of Kashmir.

NAPM said that it has deeply pained at the loss of 44 human lives, NAPM condemns the militant car-bomb attack on the CRPF convoy in Pulwama , expresses its sincere condolences to each of the families of the CRPF personnel who were killed and hopes for early and complete recovery of those injured in the attack.

At this moment of national grief and mourning, NAPM said that it expects that the Prime Minister, Home Minister, Defence Minister, Army Chief, all political parties, media and other sections of society to respond with maturity and sensitivity, refraining from any retributive statements or actions that would jeopardize peace  and  justice intiatives.

It warned the Govt of India and ‘powers-that-be’, against using this tragic incident for their own ulterior political designs at the cost of justice and peace to the deceased jawans and people of Kashmir in particular and India at large.

While the admitted involvement of Jaish-e-Mohammad in the present and earlier attacks is a matter of public record and JeM must be held accountable for its violent actions, NAPM said that it must be recognized that this alone cannot solve the problems of civil unrest, violence by the State and militant response by certain other sections in Kashmir.

It must also be noted that the role of the state of Pakistan in planning and facilitating attacks of such scale and intensity cannot be ignored and this calls for more political, economic and diplomatic pressure on Pakistan to prevent such attacks, NAPM added.

NAPM asserted that people-to-people contact between India and Pakistan in the larger interest of peace in the sub-continent must be immediately and consistently encouraged. Alongside, it said, diplomacy initiatives with other neighbours, towards improving the internal security situation in Kashmir must also be taken up. The recent UN Report on human rights violations in Kashmir also should be taken seriously and justice must be ensured.

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