Leaders ignore problems of Kashmir youth: PC

Home Minister P Chidambaram on Tuesday faced some tough questions from Kashmiri youth.

Updated: Sep 22, 2010, 00:28 AM IST

Tangmarg: Home Minister P
Chidambaram on Tuesday faced some tough questions from Kashmiri
youth who asked him whether he felt no pain when security
forces fired on peaceful protestors and told him that
unemployment was the major reason for unrest in the state.

Chidambaram, who is leading an all-party delegation to
Jammu and Kashmir, interacted with local youth here.

"The issue of Kashmir is a genuine issue. Many leaders
come here and go but do not listen to the problems of the
Kashmiri youth. The Kashmiri youth are facing unemployment," a
local youth told Chidambaram.

He added that though the youth wanted to progress, they
were not allowed to do so.

"We want an opportunity to move ahead. You also see that
we are not allowed to move ahead. When we protest, there is
firing which is not the case in other states," he added.

A school had been burned down here on Eid last Saturday.
Five people were killed in firing during protests.

During the interaction with Chidambaram today, another
young man posed him a few candid questions. He asked the Home
Minister why even peaceful protestors were fired upon by the
security forces in the valley.

"When you fire on us, don`t you feel the pain? When you
cut us, when you fire on Kashmiris?" he asked.

Chidambaram gave the group of youngsters a patient
hearing and appeared to sympathise with them.

Earlier, the all-party delegation faced angry mobs when
they visited a hospital where some of the injured were
undergoing treatment.

-PTI