As the death toll in the Kashmir violence mounted to 23, Congress party president Sonia Gandhi on Monday expressed her anguish saying that there can be no compromise on matters relating to national security.
In a statement, she maintained that matters relating to national security and that
terrorism must be dealt with firmly.
“It is a matter of great anguish that so many innocent lives have been lost these past days in parts of the Kashmir Valley. There can be no compromise on matters relating to national security. Terrorism must be dealt with firmly and forcefully,” she said.
Appealing the people in the valley to “allow political parties to find durable and enduring ways to fulfil their aspirations”, she said that, “Even so, the death of so many of our brethren is very painful. The political process has made many gains in J&K over the last two decades particularly and these must not get lost. I appeal to my brothers and sisters in the Valley to allow political parties to find durable and enduring ways of fulfilling their aspirations meaningfully in a peaceful and democratic manner.”
Meanwhile, curfew-like restrictions continue to be in place in many parts of the Valley
including parts of Srinagar city, where the first death in the clashes occurred last evening.
Authorities have strengthened the presence of security forces in vulnerable areas of the city
and elsewhere in the Valley to contain the protests.