Recent killings in J&K point to importance of restarting political process: Karan Singh

‘Govt should make delimitation process time bound’
Recent killings in J&K point to importance of restarting political process: Karan Singh
Former Sadr-e-Riyasat and senior Congress leader, Karan SinghGK File

Srinagar: Former Sadr-e-Riyasat in the erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir state and veteran Congress leader, Dr Karan Singh has demanded statehood to J&K and a "stable" government in the next few months through free and fair elections.

In a statement issued today, Singh said the recent killings of civilians in Kashmir and those of the Army soldiers in a gunfight along the Poonch-Rajouri border on Monday "point to the importance of starting the political process as soon as possible to have a stable government for the people”.

“The recent events in Jammu and Kashmir have filled me with deep sorrow. My heartfelt condolences to the families of those killed in the utterly condemnable murder of several innocent civilians drawn from all three religions in the Valley, to the families of the five brave army personnel in Poonch who gave up their lives in the defence of the nation and, let me say, to the parents of the misguided young men who took to the gun and, inevitably, perished by the gun. These events highlight the necessity to strengthen our security apparatus and public vigilance at all levels which, I am sure, is being done” Singh said.

Singh said the delimitation process "should not be unduly prolonged" while urging the J&K Delimitation Commission to "fix its own time schedule for completing the exercise".

“They also point to the importance of re-starting the political process as early as possible. While the Lt Governor and the Union Territory Administration are doing their best, this cannot be a substitute for a freely elected legislature and a full-fledged popular government. The delimitation process should not be unduly prolonged, and I would request the Commission to fix its own time schedule for completing the exercise. Once that is done and Statehood is restored to Jammu Kashmir, the process of free and fair elections can begin resulting, hopefully, in a stable government within the next few months. This seems to me to be the only logical and practical way of proceeding,” Singh said.

Singh offered condolences to the families of civilians recently killed in Kashmir “drawn from all three religions in the valley" and those of the slain soldiers.

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