Time To Break Violence Cycle: Sonia15 September 2010
The Economic Times
New Delhi: Congress president Sonia Gandhi, who sought a meaningful outreach in Jammu and Kashmir, said it was time for political minds to step in for “breaking the vicious cycle of violence and suffering”. In a statement on Wednesday, Ms Sonia Gandhi said the solution should not involve undermining security forces operating in the state. Ms Gandhi, who seemed to back the section within the government that argue against revocation of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) at this juncture, said the forces were working in difficult circumstances. Ms Sonia Gandhi was also in agreement with the view that it was not only local grievances but also external machinations that were fuelling trouble in the border state. “We know that there are some inimical forces within and beyond the state and we understand the extreme pressures and dangerous circumstances our police and security forces face in protecting our sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Ms Gandhi said. The Congress president, who also rammed in the point that political leadership should match their words with action, said the government should understand legitimate grievances of the people. There is unease in Congress over Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah’s inability to address the issues agitating people in the Valley. In her address, the Congress president also sought a non-partisan approach to the problem. “Let us put aside our ideological and political differences. We are facing far too serious a challenge to allow those differences to stand in the way of resolute, sensitive and appropriate actions,” Ms Sonia Gandhi said.