Sonia pained at Kashmir violence

Expressing pain over the upsurge in violence in Kashmir, Congress president Sonia Gandhi has said the state government should give a push to development to address the situation.

Last Updated: Aug 02, 2010, 17:54 PM IST

New Delhi: Expressing pain over the upsurge
in violence in Kashmir, Congress president Sonia Gandhi has
said the state government should give a push to development to
address the situation besides bringing to book elements who
are "instigating" unrest in the Valley.

Gandhi, whose party is a coalition partner in the Omar
Abdullah government, said, "We are pained by the upsurge in
violence in J&K recently. My deepest condolence to those
innocent men and women who were killed in this mindless
violence."

In a message to party cadres in the Congress mouthpiece
`Sandesh`, she said, "I understand there are elements with
ulterior motives that were instigating these attacks. These
elements must be identified and brought to book."

At the same time, she said there should be a continued
push on the development agenda. "Ultimately development, which
creates jobs and livelihood opportunities, is the key
instrument against terrorism and violence."

Meanwhile, the party steered clear of questions whether
Abdullah should be replaced in view of the situation.

"This is sensitive situation… Right now, the Centre and
the state should act in concert," party spokesperson Jayanti
Natarajan told reporters when asked if Abdullah should be
replaced.

Describing the situation as a "matter of grave concern",
Natarjan said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is directly seized
of the matter.

"We would like to emphasise that people of J&K
should not fall prey to the machinations from across the
border," she said.

PTI