Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad today called for restraint over the issue of beef ban, saying the matter is very sensitive for the country, especially Kashmir.
“Sometimes the decisions of the government or the courts become bitter. And people get angry either individually or collectively with such decisions. But this decision, this law, is very sensitive for the whole country and especially for Kashmir.
“I request the brothers and the youth of Kashmir not to play by your emotions in such situations…that can ruin the situation,” the Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, told reporters here.
Azad said there was a need to use hearts and minds while dealing with any issues in Kashmir.
“We have always seen in Kashmir that whenever we have worked using our hearts and minds, the situation has become better here but the situation deteriorates when we have used our emotions.
We don’t have to just look upto Banihal, but whatever step we take, we have to see what effect it will have in many parts of the state and the country,” he said.
Azad said such issues act like sparks which could take the shape of a huge fire.
“So, I request all not to play by their emotions, but have patience and think of the whole country and each district of the state and then take a decision,” he said.
He said Congress will discuss the issue with like-minded parties when the Autumn session of Jammu and Kashmir Assembly begins on October 3.
“When assembly starts, we will see it then (whether to bring a bill or support anyone seeking amendments in the law banning slaughter of bovine animals). Congress, NC (National Conference) and other like minded bodies will meet and decide on it,” he said.