Army hints at possible talks with separatists to end Kashmir crisis

After political parties, including Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the army in Kashmir has now come out in favour of holding discussions with separatists leaders to solve the ongoing crisis in the Valley.

Interacting with the media, the Northern Army Commander today in Srinagar hinted at possible talks with separatists to bring peace in the violence-hit region.

“We all have to sit down and put our heads together to see if we can end this. Everyone needs to introspect,” Lt Gen DS Hooda, Northern Army Commander, said.

“It is not for me to say who should do what but yes, everyone needs to discuss the issue. After all, where are the protest calendars coming from,” he added.

Earlier, it was only the PDP who had come forward to discuss the problem with separatists. Senior minister Naeem Akhtar had said separatists needed to help the government to bring peace and stability in the region.

Several state parties also agreed to hold talks with separatist leaders.

The Valley has been witnessing massive protests and violence for the last 42 days. As many as 66 people have lost their lives and several have been injured during clashes with security forces.

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