Sinha-led delegation visits Kashmir for 2nd time

BK Correspondent/Srinagar
December 11, 2016 TOP STORIES 526 Views
Sinha-led delegation visits Kashmir for 2nd time

A five-member delegation led by former union minister and senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Yashwant Sinha arrived here for the second time in less than two months to try and bridge the gap between people of the valley and New Delhi.
However, the earlier recommendations by the delegation has not yet received any favourable response from the centre or state as use of pellets and arrest of youth continued and separatist leaders remained under house arrest or in jails.
The delegation last time managed to break the ice with the Hurriyat, which is spearheading the agitation in the Valley since July 9, a day after the death of Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) commander Burhan Wani and two other militants in an encounter in Anantnag.
The delegation, which visited Kashmir in October this year, held meetings with several leaders, including chairmen of both the factions of Hurriyat conference Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Moulvi Umar Farooq. However, Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Muhammad Yasin Malik, who was undergoing treatment in a hospital, under detention, did not meet the delegation.
Source said after arriving here today, the delegation met J&K Anjuman-e-Sharie Shian President and senior Hurriyat leader Aga Syed Hassan Almosvi Alsafvi at his Budgam residence.
They said the five-member delegation would also meet Mr Geelani, Mirwaiz and Malik.
After their previous visit, the delegation had submitted a detailed report to the centre in which it had talked frequently about diverse voices calling for finding a political solution to the crisis.
“The group has written to the Central government that people of Kashmir believe that “Indian politics has taken such a turn (today) that there is no willingness to listen to even demands for autonomy… In terms of the agenda of alliance (between PDP and BJP), a dialogue process must be initiated with all stakeholders so that peace can be restored,” the report said.
The delegation in its report had said that Kashmiris pointed out that pellet guns are “not used in the rest of India even under grave provocation like the Jat agitation in Haryana, the protests against Cauvery water sharing in Karnataka, or the Patel agitation in Gujarat”.
“The fact that the use of pellet guns was reserved only for Kashmir elicited the most amount of anger against India and Indian security forces in the people we talked to,” it had said.
The delegation has written that “across the political spectrum, the Kashmiris we met spoke to virtually the same script about the history of the Kashmir issue.”
“They made the point that this is the fifth generation of Kashmiris which was protesting but to no avail. Clearly, there is anger and dejection among the people. Kashmiris have been historically betrayed. It is time to fulfill some of the promises made to them,” it said.

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