As curfew and restrictions paralysed life across Kashmir Valley for the 31st consecutive day on Monday, Opposition party members raised the issue in Rajya Sabha and asked the government to not think of the situation as a "simple law and order" problem.
"This is a political, developmental and regional issue. The government should not think that this is simply a law and order situation," Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said.
Azad noted that people are eager to listen to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s views on the Kashmir unrest issue. He also urged the government to start a political process to defuse the crisis.
"Hindustan ka Taj jal raha hai, par uski garmi Delhi tak nahi pahuchti (India’s crown is burning but the heat hasn’t yet reached Delhi)," Azad said.
Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader Sitaram Yechury also echoed similar views. "An all party delegation needs to be sent to J-K, PM needs to respond on the atrocities civilians are facing," Yechury said.
"It is inhuman. It is criminal. Why are we using pellet guns? Even Israel does not use pellet guns against Palestinians," the CPI-M leader added.
A RS member also demanded withdrawal of Armed Forces (Special Powers) Acts (AFPSA) from the Valley and withdrawal of the dominating presence of army from civilian areas.
On behalf of the government, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that the government is ready for a discussion on the issue, adding that the matter has already been discussed in the House before.
In the ongoing unrest in Kashmir, that started on July 9, a day after Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was killed, a total of 55 people have died and over 3,000 others injured.