Greater J&K autonomy only solution, says Chidambaram
Calling for a “unique political solution” in violencehit Kashmir, former Union home minister P Chidambaram on Wednesday said the government should revert to the “original terms” under which the state acceded to India in 1947 and allow Kashmiris to frame their own laws within the ambit of the country’s Constitution.
“We ignored the grand bargain under which J&K acceded to India... we broke our promises, we broke our faith and we paid a price for 40 years... Turn the clock back all the way to 1947 and the original terms of accession to the extent that is today possible,” the senior Congress leader and Rajya Sabha MP said in a TV interview.
His remarks came as the Valley entered Day 12 of a curfew imposed after protesters took to the streets against the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani. More than 40 people have been killed in the ensuing clashes with security forces and scores have been admitted to hospitals with pellet injuries.