Friday, 24 November, 2017

Despite snub, Sharma eager to meet J&K separatists

Kashmir dialogue Governance not politics was on the table during interlocutor’s first visit Dineshwar Sharma made his first visit to Kashmir this week after his appointment as the Centre's interlocutor. | JK_KRB
Sherri Watson | 11 November, 2017, 12:08

Does he know how many of them are rotting in the prisons of Kashmir?

Singh said that Sharma should tell people across India if Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, will be sending "special missionary to talk to the separatists".

The delegation was led by BJP legislator G L Raina and included leaders from All India Kashmiri Samaj, All India Kashmir Pandit Conference, Jammu and Kashmir National Front, Vichar Manch and Zeishtadevi Prabandik Committee.

A serious dialogue process should be initiated for the establishment of a separate homeland in Kashmir valley as explicitly demanded in the Margdarshan Resolution of 1991.

Article 370 recognizes the special status to the state, while Article 35A empowers the J&K government to frame laws to bar all Indians - except original inhabitants - from purchasing immovable property, getting government jobs and availing of state-sponsored scholarship schemes.

Talking to media after meeting Sharma, Rakesh Gupta, president of Jammu Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said: "It has been the practice of the central government to try and appease the separatists and overlook the genuine demands of those upholding the integrity and sovereignty of the country". Of the total migrant families living in Jammu, 37,128 are Hindus, 2,246 Muslims and 1,758 Sikhs. "Therefore, it is they who should have the maximum say in deciding modalities of return and the methodology", the KP representatives said in a joint memorandum submitted to Sharma. "Sharma ji is blaming some video channels who have done lot of damage to Kashmir, least realizing that he is interlocutor of Jammu and Kashmir and not Kashmir".