Finance minister P Chidambaram on Saturday rejected any suggestion that Jammu and Kashmir was “back to square one” after the execution of Afzal Guru and hoped that people of the state will not heed to call of separatists.
“I don’t get the impression that we are back to square one…I agree that after the execution of Afzal Guru (Parliament attack convict) there have been some protests and agitation and rise in the level of violence. I sincerely hope that violence will subside,” he said.
Replying to a question on the situation in the state at the National Editors’ Conference here, Chidambaram said unless there is sense of peace and security Jammu and Kashmir cannot develop. He was confident that the present phase of “uncertainty” will come to an end.
“I am told yesterday was relatively peaceful. There was no curfew yesterday. I sincerely hope that people of Jammu and Kashmir will not heed the call of separatists but heed the call of government and civil society and try to help restore peace and order in sense of security.
“I am sure in month of April-May we will restore sense of security that the people of Jammu and Kashmir want,” he said. He said the state’s prime developers were tourism, both pleasure as well as religious, which boomed in 2008 and reached a high point.