NPP urges PM to open heartedly discuss Kashmir issue with opposition

| Updated: Aug 10, 2016 18:39 IST

Jammu (Jammu and Kashmir), Aug 10 (ANI): The National Panthers Party (NPP) on Wednesday hailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's assertion in regard to Kashmir in his speech and urged the latter to call on people from different sections of the state, along with representatives of all political parties with an open heart and address their grievances. Speaking to ANI, NPP leader Bhim Singh said the people of Kashmir want peace and prosperity and that it is for the Prime Minister to bestow more attention to the matters of the state to help the state move forward in the path of development. "No matter I am a member of the opposition party but I welcome Prime Minister's remarks on Kashmir. In reality the people of Kashmir want peace, prosperity, jobs, business and tourism so that they can develop. But I will say that more attention is required on whatever has happened and is happening in Kashmir," Singh said. "Prime Minister Narendra Modi should call on people from different sections of Kashmir along with representatives of all political parties and talk with them with open heart, because in Jammu and Kashmir we want peace to prevail. As development of Jammu and Kashmir is very important for development of India," he added. Prime Minister Modi yesterday said only dialogue and development can ensure peace in Jammu and Kashmir. "Every Indian loves Kashmir. The azaadi (freedom) that every Indian feels, Kashmir can feel too," he said while speaking at an event to commemorate the sacrifices of freedom fighters on the Quit India day at revolutionary Chandrashekhar Azad's village at Bhabra in Alirajpur district of Madhya Pradesh. The Prime Minister said he is pained to see young men pelting stones on security forces in the state. "The boys, who should be holding laptops, bats and balls in their hands and dreams in their hearts, are ones carrying stones," he said. Prime Minister Modi said Kashmir wants peace and the government is committed for development of the region. "Whatever Kashmiris want for betterment of their livelihood, the Centre will help," he said. (ANI)