Former chief minister of Indian Occupied Kashmir (IoK) Dr Farooq Abdullah, who is also contesting the by-elections from Srinagar, warned India to wake up and talk to Pakistan else the Kashmir will be lost.
In an explosive interview with an Indian news channel, he advised Modi government to talk to the youth and start thinking on not a military solution, but a political way.
‘Come down from your high horses…I am seeing a very bad situation. The youth is on boil. Which I have not seen before.’
Replying to a question regarding the violence in the Valley in which eight Kashmiris were killed by the Indian security forces, he said “this is a tragedy and a failure of the government of the day. They could not provide security to the people, and further, it is the present dispensation which the people reject.”
The situation is ‘quite bad’ here and ‘whether you like it or not, you have to talk to Pakistan’, he said.
Poll violence, curfew
Indian on Monday imposed curfew-like curbs on movement of people, a day after clashes with protesters during a by-election killed eight people and injured more than 200.Separatist factions in Kashmir called for a two-day strike in protest.
Their calls to boycott the poll in Srinagar, and the ensuing violence, resulted in voter turnout of just 7 percent on Sunday and forced 70 polling stations to shut down.
During clashes in Budgam district, police initially used tear gas against protesters who were throwing stones, but later opened fire, killing seven people, a senior police official told Reuters.