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New Delhi regrets loss of innocent lives in Kashmir

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, Aug 5, IRNA -- Expressing deep regret over loss of 39 innocent lives in cycle of violence in Kashmir Valley since June 11, New Delhi Wednesday urged all sections of people of Jammu and Kashmir to heed voices of reason and desist from violent protests.

There have been 39 civilian deaths since June 11, of these 22 deaths have occurred since July 30 in the cycle of violence that has engulfed the valley.

“Mindless violence and destruction of public property will not lead to any solution. On the contrary, they will result in loss of lives and injuries to the protestors, an outcome that is entirely avoidable and that should be avoided at all costs”, said Home Minister P. Chidambaram making a statement in both Houses of Parliament on the situation in Kashmir.

Promising to reactivate a dialogue to address grievances once normalcy is restored, he urged the people of Kashmir to repose their faith in the elected state government to find solutions to their problems.

He said that the government's policy on Jammu and Kashmir has been declared on many occasions. We recognize that the issues concerning Jammu and Kashmir are issues concerning our own people; and they have to be addressed through the political process and through a dialogue with all sections of the people of the state.

“Central Government offers its full support to the State Government in restoring law and order, holding a dialogue, redressing genuine grievances, accelerating development programmes, and ensuring equity, justice and honour for all sections of the people of Jammu & Kashmir”, Chidambaram added.

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