Former Kashmir University professors on Thursday expressed concern over the prevailing situation in Kashmir in which over 50 youth have been killed and "200 blinded partially or fully and over 100 disabled for entire life, 6000 injured and hundreds put behind bars."
In a joint statement, they said "all this has happened in just 23 days and still continues, with no humane approach in sight on the part of powers that be."
Condemning atrocities and expressing sympathies with the victims, they appealed the Centre and State Governments to "immediately stop use of pellet guns, excessive force, nocturnal raids and harassment of inmates in their houses" and "create an environment of peace and initiate a purposeful and sincere dialogue with all the stakeholders for an amicable and final settlement of the Kashmir problem."
Those who are part of the joint statement include Prof A R Mattoo, Prof M Y Qadri, Prof A Q Rafiqi, Prof A G Madhosh, Prof A S Bhat, Prof A R Khan, Prof M A Sofi, Prof M A Kaw and Prof M Aslam.
"Kashmir is a political issue and it can only be solved by a composite dialogue in an unbiased historical perspective and ground situation. People at helm of affairs of India, members of civil society, sections of media also have now realized that Kashmir is a political issue and not just a law and order problem and time has come to resolve it through a dialogue, earlier the better," the professors said.