Educated and employed youth taking to arms alarming: KUTA
Kashmir University Teachers Association (KUTA) on Monday said it was alarming that "highly educated and employed youth too are resorting to guns for expressing their sentiments and seeking justice".
In a statement today, a spokesman of KUTA said that the educated youth were taking to gun due to "diminishing faith in the state and its political establishments".
This, they said, emphasized the fact that Kashmir dispute is a political issue that needs "political intervention and not an issue of unemployment or economic packages."
Expressing grave concern over the worsening law and order situation in the state, KUTA demanded an immediate end to continuing bloodshed and civilian killings in the valley.
The spokesman called for "urgent political and diplomatic initiatives" to defuse the situation and to seek political resolution of Kashmir conundrum before the situation spirals completely out of control.
He called upon the state and central governments to "stop" viewing Kashmir through the prism of law and order problem only and tackling it with heavy military might.
"The increasing trend of youth joining militancy is worrisome that needs to be handled politically rather than militarily."
Calling for "sincere and meaningful" negotiations with all stakeholders for resolution of the issue, KUTA asked the government to put an end to "disproportionate and indiscriminate" use of firearms against unarmed civilians and to exercise restraint while dealing with furious civilians.
It has also condemned the covert attempts of certain political parties aimed at stoking fire in the valley and resorting to vote bank politics over civilian and militant deaths and termed such attempts as disastrous for the state, said the spokesman.
A university professor Muhammad Rafi Bhat, who taught at the sociology department of the varsity, was killed yesterday along with four militants in Shopian.