Oppn in RS demands start of political process in Kashmir

New Delhi: Urging the Prime Minister to break his silence on the deteriorating situation in Kashmir, Opposition in Rajya Sabha led by Congress today demanded initiation of a political process to defuse the crisis that has led to an unprecedented 30 days of curfew across the Valley.

The Opposition parties also demanded stopping the use of pellet guns on protesters, even as one member demanded withdrawal of AFPSA from the Kashmir Valley and withdrawal of the dominating presence of army from civilian areas.

Raising the issue in Zero Hour after his notice under rule 267 seeking suspension of business to discuss the issue was disallowed, Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said no state in independent India has seen 30 days of continuous curfew that has paralysed the administration, shut down educational institutions and led to near zero attendance in government offices.

"In such circumstances, we want to awaken the government ... We feel the government and the Prime Minister are watching the situation deteriorate like a silent spectator," he said, adding he wanted to know why Modi has spoken on the grave situation in Kashmir so far.