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Kashmir is a graveyard for 7 million residents, Shah Faesal says in Delhi


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A day after 49 paramilitary troopers lost their lives in a militant attack in south Kashmir, the former IAS topper Shah Faesal said that Kashmir has become a high altitude graveyard and seven million people are waiting for their turn to die.

While delivering a lecture at Centre for Policy Analysis in Delhi on Friday the Kashmir’s first IAS topper said that it has been hard for a common man to understand what to condemn and what to condone.

Faesal, who recently resigned from the Civil services and is planning his political plunge, said that the last year 2018 was the deadliest year in Kashmir and no effort of reconciliation, was done. In this year, the new recruitment in the militancy was the educated youth and some of them were PhD students.

Retreating that dialogue is the only way for the reconciliation, Faisal said the leadership in Kashmir had a long history of engagement and dialogue but that is turning old.

“We have tried surgical strike, did it succeed. No. Can we have war with Pakistan which is a nuclear state? My belief is no. We cannot afford another upheaval in South Asia. If this continues, there will be an Afghanistan and Syria within India,” said Faesal, adding that his resignation from the civil services was a pointer to the crisis in Kashmir.

Earlier, on Thursday, Kashmir witnessed one of the deadliest attacks in its history when 49 CRPF personnel were killed and several others were injured after a “suicide car bomber” rammed an explosive-laden vehicle into the bus near Lethpora at around 03:15 pm in Lethpora area of Pulwama in south Kashmir.

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