Democratic Azad Party (DAP) leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said on Friday there was a need to separate religion from politics.
“Everyone has the right to put forward their point of view, but they should talk about uniting people, not creating divisions. They should not divide people on the basis of politics or religion.
“We will have to separate religion from politics,” Azad said at a party reception.
The former Union minister said some leaders and parties are creating divisions in society.
“There are parties whose statements and activities have the potential to create discord in society. I criticize and oppose such policies which can create divisions in society,” he said.
Mr Azad also said elections should not be an excuse to spread hatred, adding: “Elections have also been held in the past.” Jammu and Kashmir and its people are going through a testing period and mere slogans are useless, he said.
“We have lost thousands of lives because of certain slogans. We cannot afford to lose even one more life because of such slogans,” he said in an apparent reference to the separatist wave in Jammu and Kashmir in the 1990s.
“When I was here (as chief minister) we were doing both things. Security forces were fighting terrorists but we rescued hundreds of young people and brought them back into the mainstream. No effort is point in this direction now.
“You can’t keep killing. That way we will kill all the youth. In our families, our children sometimes don’t listen to us. We ask his friend or his teacher to make him understand and put him back on track “, he added. .
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