PDP MP protests outside Parliament, demands end to bloodbath, talks with Pak on Kashmir
Srinagar, Dec 18: Demanding an end to continuous “bloodbath” in Kashmir and positive response to dialogue offer by Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan by India, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Member of Parliament Mir Mohammad Fayaz on Tuesday protested out Parliament against weekend’s recent civilian killings in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district.
Mir hails from north Kashmir’s Kupwara district and is a sitting Member of Parliament in the upper house of Rajya Sabha.
“There should be an immediate halt on the killings in Kashmir. One militant is killed, three other youths are picking up the gun. Civilians are being killed and maimed which is unacceptable to humanitarian state. We are trying to be a welfare state and no country can win a war against own people by killing them,” Mir said.
Wearing a white T-shirt inscribed with ‘Stop Bloodshed in Kashmir’ and ‘Stop Killings in Kashmir’, the member parliament held a protest inside Parliament near Mahatma Gandhi statue.
On Saturday, seven civilians were killed after the government forces opened fire on protesters following a gunfight that left three militants and a soldier dead.
“We as a nation must rise to the occasion and stop shedding blood of innocents. World over dialogue and reconciliation are tested methods of finds solutions to problems and Jammu and Kashmir should not be an exception,” Mir told GNS and underlined the need for “positive” response to Prime Minister of Pakistan’s offer by “our Prime Minister.”
“Pakistan Prime Minister has underscored that India and Pakistan should sit together and find a solution to Kashmir issue. His call needs a positive response,” he said, adding, “We have seen that countries who were at loggerheads with each other until yesterday are friends today and there is no reason that India and Pakistan should continue with animosity forever. Rather they should sit together and find a solution to Kashmir issue once for all and for the sake of humanity.” (GNS)