Kashmir Can Explode If Urgent Steps Are Not Taken: Antony



KOCHI, Aug 23: Former Defence Minister A K Antony today said the situation in Kashmir would explode and go out of hand if urgent steps were not initiated to find a solution, as he demanded that an all-party delegation be immediately sent to the Valley. "Situation in Kashmir Valley would explode and would go out of hand if urgent steps were not initiated to find a solution", he said while releasing a book written by a group of journalists from Kerala who visited Kashmir two years ago. "Kashmir is a volcano now. There is mistrust, fear and anger among the minds of people, especially among youths. The Centre should intervene immediately, otherwise there would be an explosion. Things in Kashmir would become uncontrollable," the Congress leader said.

 Urgent steps should be initiated for holding dialogue with all stakeholders in the state to find a political solution in the Valley, Antony said, adding that efforts should be made to win the hearts and trust of the people in Kashmir.

 "It is a difficult task, but we have to do that," he said. "We should regain the trust of youths, that could be achieved only through talks," he said, adding "if conventional paths are not suitable, other ways should be adopted and a human approach should be made." (Agencies)



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