The Communist Parties of India (both CPI-M and CPI) today demanded immediate withdrawal of Armed Forces Special Powers Act, and the army from the "civilian areas" of Jammu and Kashmir, while seeking immediate end to the use of pellet guns in Kashmir.
The parties also demanded judicial enquiry into all "incidents of excesses by the forces against civilians in the state."
General Secretary, CPI, Sudhakar Reddy and General Secretary, CPI (M) Sitaram Yechury said they have urged government of India to take these steps as "confidence building measure."
The Left parties suggested five "necessary steps" to politically resolve the current crisis in Kashmir. Firstly, Yechury and Sudhakar, demanded an immediate end to the use of pellet guns in Kashmir.
Secondly, they demanded withdrawal of AFSPA and the army from the civilian areas. Thirdly, the left parties urged the government to issue orders for a judicial enquiry into all incidents of excesses committed by the armed forces against civilians.
Fourthly, they demanded adequate compensation to the families who have suffered loss of lives during the current crisis, besides rehabilitation of the injured. And fifthly, time bound projects for economic development and employment generation including transfer of Dulhasti and Uri power projects and opening of an IIM and an IIT in Srinagar.
The Left parties calling for initiation of an unconditional political dialogue suggested that the recommendations of earlier working groups and interlocutors appointed in the wake of 2010 unrest in Kashmir must be kept into consideration.
Yechury and Sudhakar said the internal dialogue with all stakeholders in Jammu and Kashmir should proceed on the basis of reversing the erosion of Article 370. "The three regions of the state, Jammu, the Valley and Ladakh, should have autonomous structures within the state of Jammu and Kashmir," they said adding that this will entail changes in the "constitutional and legal scheme" which can begin by revising the existing orders and laws. "Ultimately, a fresh political framework should emerge," they said.
The second dimension, they said, "is the India-Pakistan factor." On this "dimensions" they said: "Since 2014 India has been adopting a blow hot blow cold policy towards a comprehensive dialogue with Pakistan. The Government of India must carry forward the process of safeguarding India's interests and ensure that Pakistan is brought to the discussion table," they stressed.
The top leaders of left parties said the people in the rest of the country are being fed with negative portrayal of Kashmir. "Kashmiris are being depicted as secessionists, terrorists and pro-Pakistan. This stereotyping of Kashmiris must be put to an end," they said, adding that reports of attacks on Kashmiri youth in other parts of the country must be immediately investigated and culprits punished.