Kashmir issue turning into festering wound: P Chidambaram

Kashmir issue turning into festering wound: P Chidambaram

New Delhi: Stating that the situation in militancy-hit Jammu and Kashmir is turning into a "festering wound", senior Congress leader and former Home Minister P Chidambaram today said that the "two maximalist positions" have harmed the state. "The people of the Kashmir Valley are caught between the two maximalist positions....On many occasions in the past I had cautioned that the Kashmir issu alist position that has to be rejected out of hand, the Central government has taken a maximalist position that has aggravated the problem," the former Home Minister said in another missive in the micro blogging site. Mr Chidambaram also posted the link of his article in a newspaper wherein he says, "......with every passing day, the security and political situation in Jammu and Kashmir has worsened". "The Central government — under every party and every prime minister — had always attempted to reach out to one or more stakeholders. I am afraid that the position of the Central government seems to have decisively changed since the year 2015-16. The current Central government has to be described, regretfully, as equally difficult; its rhetoric is unpredictable, and only time will tell if it is also intractable," he wrote.

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