November 2017 News

In Anantnag, Students Tell Dineshwar To Resolve Kashmir

28 November 2017
Greater Kashmir
Khalid Gul

Srinagar: The government of India's 'special representative' for Kashmir Dineshwar Sharma on Tuesday met several delegations which included students of various government-run colleges and higher secondary schools in Anantnag district. A source said that Sharma reached Anantnag at around 10.30 am and straightaway started meeting delegations at Dak Banglow, Khanabal. During his stay in the town, he met at least 30 delegations, he said. The source said the delegations, mostly students, sought resolution of Kashmir issue, release of political prisoners and youth and withdrawal of cases against them, apart from demanding demilitarization, end to human rights violations, free movement of people and goods across the Line of Control, return of hydropower projects and providing good governance to people. - ADVERTISEMENT - 'We told him that government of India has only been taken cosmetic measures for resolution of Kashmir issue and it is like treating cold despite knowing that the disease is cancer,' said some students from Anantnag women's college who met Sharma. A delegation from higher secondary school (boys) Mattan said that they sought resolution of Kashmir issue 'by giving people the right to choose their destination.' 'We told him that if India is truly a democracy, then it should stick to the plebiscite promise made by former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru,' said the delegation. The student delegation of degree college (boys) Anantnag sought resolution of Kashmir issue once for all for peace to prevail in Jammu and Kashmir. Talking to Greater Kashmir, a student of journalism Naveed Ahmad, who met Sharma, said: 'We told him that Kashmir is not an economic issue but a political issue which needs a political resolution once for all. You cannot keep the issue lingering by taking short-term measures. It needs to be solved by including all stake-holders, most importantly the people of Kashmir, in the resolution process.' The delegations from degree colleges in Utersoo-Shangus, Dooru, Kokernag and Bijbehara sought repeal of AFSPA and PSA and complete halt on use of pellets, teargas and bullets. The students from higher secondary schools (boys and girls) Anantnag said that they sought solution of Kashmir issue keeping in view aspirations of the people. They also said they sought a guarantee on protection of J&K's special status. 'We also told him that Kashmir's intellectual class stays away from meeting interlocutors because of bitter experiences in the past. Many a time we have seen people coming here, listening to us and then doing nothing. So people have stopped taking serious any initiative from New Delhi,' the students said. An official source said that apart from students, the delegations which called on Sharma included Anantnag Youth Forum: Bijbehara Youth Group; members of Youth Services and Sports Kehribaal, Rambirpora; Kashmiri Pandit Migrant Employees putting up in camps at migrant quarters at Mattan, Vesu; and some little-known activists of the district. 'Some delegations sought return of hydropower projects, economic packages and two percent reservation for people of J&K in central government jobs,' the source said. Among the mainstream political parties, the source said that only a delegation of BJP, an ally of PDP in the state, and Congress met Sharma. 'However no delegation from ruling PDP or opposition National Conference met him,' the source said. The delegation from Congress was led by its legislator from Shangus, Gulzar Ahmad. Former National Conference leader Farooq Ahmad Ganai, son of former NC legislator from Dooru, late Akbar Ganai, also met Sharma and sought resolution of Kashmir issue and repeal of AFSPA and PSA. Meanwhile, Sharma will stay in Anantnag for the night and leave for Srinagar on Wednesday, an official said. Talking to Greater Kashmir, Sharma said that the visit was good and the response of the people was positive.