CPI-M condemns Uri terror attack, asks Pak to stop aiding them

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Asking Pakistan to stop aiding and abetting extremist forces, CPI(M) on Sunday condemned the deadly terror attack at the headquarters of an army battalion in Uri in Kashmir, in which 17 jawans were killed and 19 others injured.

The party’s Central Committee, now in session in New Delhi, also called for initiating political dialogue with all stakeholders for a long-standing solution to the Kashmir problem without any further delay.

CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury told reporters that Pakistan must refrain from indulging in cross border terrorism and demanded that the issue of these attacks “should be taken up seriously.”

A party statement said “the Central Committee of the CPI(M) condemns the killing of 17 Indian army personnel in a terrorist attack in Uri in Jammu & Kashmir this morning.”

Pakistan must stop aiding and abetting the extremist forces as such activities are a big impediment to the peace process in region, it said.

The party also charged the government with failing to stop continued infiltration of militants despite deployment of a large number of security personnel across the state.

Pointing out that CPI(M) has been consistently maintaining that terrorism is not the solution to the Kashmir issue, it said “such acts only compound the situation further.”

“The CPI(M) would like to reiterate that for a long- standing solution of the Kashmir problem, the political dialogue with all stakeholders as advocated by the all Party delegation should be initiated without any further delay,” the statement added.

Yechury had earlier suggested that the government should hold talks with Pakistan as well to have a final solution to the problem.

Meanwhile, party’s J&K MLA and central committee member Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami today hit out at the Centre over the death of an 11-year-old reportedly hit by pellet gun in Srinagar.

He accused the Centre of continuing to use the weapon despite the unanimous demand by all-party parliamentary delegation for a complete ban on its use and the government’s assurance on the issue.

Reports said that protests had erupted in Srinagar on Saturday after the body of the 11-year-old-boy, hit by pellets, was found at Dachigam National Park near his home in Harwan on Friday. The boy, identified as Nasir Shafi Qazi had reportedly gone missing from Friday evening.

“Despite assurances from the government, it (pellet) is being used leading to death of an 11-year-old. This amounts to inflaming the situation,” Tarigami said.

(With PTI inputs)

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