Don’t leverage Kashmir developments for electoral gains: CCG

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The Concerned Citizens’ Group that has been working on Kashmir since 2006 has warned against leveraging the developments in Jammu and Kashmir for electoral gains in rest of the country.

In a joint statement by former External Affairs Minister Yashwant Sinha, former CIC Wajahat Habibullah, Executive Director CDR Sushobha Barve, Air Vice Marshal (R) Kapil Kak and senior journalist Bharat Bhushan, the group said no Kashmiri be made to feel insecure within or outside Jammu and Kashmir.

Here is full text of the statement:

At a time when the nation is passing through trying circumstances, we appeal that the government must not take any steps which detract from the Constitutional framework of the country or the universally accepted principles of Rule of Law. It is imperative that no innocent Kashmiri, within J&K or in the rest of India, is made to feel insecure or unsafe. In this context recent pronouncements of the Hon’ble Supreme Court have brought much solace.

We recognize that terrorism is a grave threat to the nation, especially terrorism emanating from Pakistan and deserves to be condemned in the strongest terms. Terrorism is a grave issue and has to be dealt with unitedly by the nation’s leadership cutting across political lines. The current situation must, therefore, be dealt with in a non-partisan manner. Any attempt to leverage the developments in J&K for electoral purposes is fraught with danger and should be avoided at all costs.

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