Kashmir unrest: Omar Abdullah calls for political solution

| Updated: Jul 24, 2016 20:35 IST

Srinagar, July 24 (ANI): National Conference leader and former chief minister Omar Abdullah on Sunday said the issue of Kashmir is not an economic one but political and has to be solved politically only. Speaking to ANI after meeting Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, presently on a two-day visit to take stock of the situation in Kashmir, Abdullah said, "We talked on the present situation in the state. A memorandum was presented to him from our party. We gave suggestions to control the situation in Kashmir." "We also need to make sure that such kind of situation does not take place again. For that, we told Rajnath ji that Kashmir issue is not an economic one but political. And we have to solve it politically. We hope our views are taken into account," he added. The Home Minister also interacted with the civil society members in an effort to find a way out of the latest round of violence to convulse Kashmir. Singh landed in Srinagar at around noon on Saturday, accompanied by a team of senior Home Ministry officials and the DGs of central paramilitary forces. He met Governor NN Vohra and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on that very day. Singh while interacting with the delegations representing diverse sections of people appreciated the initiative for putting forth free and fair feedback and suggestions which will help in restoring normalcy in the region. The Home Minister also assured the delegations that necessary tangible action would be taken to address their concerns. (ANI)