Mission Kashmir

November 8, 2017 0 Comments EDITORIAL 96 Views
Mission Kashmir

Amid political upheaval across Kashmir valley, there is a lot happening on the political front. The under-fire Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, reiterated that she is hopeful in resolving the Kashmir issue through dialogue, after convening a meeting with her party workers at the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) headquarters in Jammu post ‘Darbar move.’ While she said that the hope of resolution via dialogue has been rekindled in J&K, saying that she was optimistic that parties and organizations in J&K would not miss any opportunity to be a part of peace parleys. The government in Jammu and Kashmir changes its place of operation between its two capital cities – Jammu in winter and Srinagar in summer – a practice locally known as Darbar move. It is commendable that Centre’s move to appoint Dineshwar Sharma as interlocutor for Kashmir region, for a “sustained dialogue with all stakeholders” with a view to find political solution to the Kashmir issue. Meanwhile Hurriyat Conference led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani also claimed that an official of the state government approached them for facilitating a meeting of the separatist leader with the Centre’s special representative Dineshwar Sharma who arrived here on a six-day visit to the valley yesterday to hold talks with various stakeholders including the political leadership, traders, youth and various other outfits during a six-day visit. Hurriayat claimed that its leaders would not meet the Centre’s special representative for Kashmir. The opposition national conference and congress have not yet taken any decision whether to meet the special representative of the centre. Hours before leaving for the Valley, Dineshwar Sharma had said he did not have a magic wand, but wanted to be judged by his actions when he starts the process. The Hurriyat leadership has said Sharma’s assertion that he is coming to Kashmir with the directive from the government to “restore peace” rather than addressing the dispute or its resolution “limits the scope of any engagement” with him and makes it an exercise in futility. Separatist leaders also objected to Sharma’s comment that he will come to Kashmir “to dissuade the youth from Islam and pursuing their legitimate political aspirations so that Kashmir does not become Syria. To compare the internationally-recognized 70-year-old political and humanitarian issue of Kashmir to that of the sectarian war and power struggle in Syria is deception and propaganda as there is no correlation between the two situations.

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