Maintaining that Jammu and Kashmir is not a law and order or security problem, Member Parliament, D. Raja on Saturday said the promises and assurances made by successive governments in New Delhi with Kashmiris have not been kept.
"After all, it (J&K) is not a law and order problem. It is not a security problem. It is a political problem and it needs a political solution," D. Raja, who was part of the All-Party delegation which visited State on September 4-5, told Greater Kashmir.
The MP said Government of India should hold talks with all stakeholders in J&K without pre-conditions to find a political solution to the problem. "We have also said that that Government needs to engage with Pakistan also."
He also called for immediate ban on pellet guns, review of AFSPA and reduction of Army from civilian areas as Confidence Building Measures to restore peace in Kashmir.
"These are immediate measures that need to be taken for defusing the tension in Kashmir," he quickly added.
The Left MP called for a discussion on the promises made by successive regimes with Kashmiris and the erosion of the State autonomy.
"When the talks are initiated, one can discuss how Article 370 was eroded; how the promises and assurances given by successive Governments couldn't be kept? We need to discuss how the whole history has become a history of broken promises and assurances," he said.
To a question about the demand of Azadi and plebiscite by pro-resistance groups in Kashmir, the CPI MP said, "They are saying this. During our visit, some organizations also raised the issue."
He, however, said the Government of India needs to look at the promises made with Kashmiris at the time of accession.
To another question about whether Government of India is sending a smaller group of MPs or a central minister to Kashmir for engaging with different stakeholders as a follow-up to APD visit, the MP said, "I don't know anything about it."
Post Kashmir visit, the All Party Delegation, in a resolution, on September 7, asked the Central Government to take steps for a dialogue with "all stakeholders while maintaining that national sovereignty should not be compromised.