Interlocutor begins J&K visit, calls on CM, Guv, meets KPs at Jagti

GJ Report
Jammu, Nov 24: Central Government’s representative Dineshwar Sharma, who kick-started his four day visit to the state on Friday called on Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti here at her official residence while he also met various displaced Kashmiri Pandit delegations during his visit to Jagti township on city outskirts.
Sharma, soon after his arrival here this afternoon dashed to the Chief Minister residence and called on Mufti, official spokesman here said.
He said that during the meeting, Sharma briefed the Chief Minister about the schedule of deliberations during his stay in the State.
Sharma also held discussions with Governor N N Vohra at the Raj Bhavan.
Among other matters, Governor and he discussed the significant geopolitical developments in the region since the latter’s last visit to the State.
Meanwhile sources said that the interlocutors also briefed Mufti about the aspirations of the people and the suggestions putforth by different delegations in Jammu and Kashmir during his previous visit.
Later in the afternoon, Sharma visited Nagrota and met various Kashmiri Pandit organisations.
“He met around 12 KP bodies and heard their viewpoints on prevailing Kashmir situation and homeland,” sources here said.
Panun Kashmir headed by Ashwani Kumar Chrungoo also met him and discussed concerns of the Pandit community.
Chrungoo said that no authority in India is mandated to discuss the issue of secession of any part of the country with anyone.
He said that the Panun Kashmir made it clear that from the day one we have been saying that the townships in Kashmir are no alternative to our miseries.
“We believe that Homeland for Pandits in the valley with Union territory status is the only solution. It detailed him about the resolution passed by Panun Kashmir in December 1991; Kashmiri Pandits demanded that the Centre create a homeland comprising the regions of the valley to the East and North of river Jhelum. The homeland, according to Panun Kashmir, should have a union territory status where the Constitution of India is made applicable in letter and spirit to ensure a right to life, liberty, freedom of expression and faith, equality and rule of law,” he raised in his demands.
Panun Kashmir also cleared that the Article 370 and Article 35A have become an unnecessary baggage of the past errors of the rulers of India; there is a national consensus to review these absurd laws that are in contravention of the fundamental rights guaranteed under the Indian Constitution to the citizens of India.
Sharma will also visit the “ground zero” of unrest in south Kashmir’s Pulwama and Anantnag districts, they said.
The high point of his visit will be his interactions with youths and students in Pulwama and Anantnag, the officials added.
These districts were the epicentre of unrest following the encounter killing of Hizbul Mujahideen’s poster boy Burhan Wani on July 8 last year.
Pulwama also earned the notorious distinction of being the nerve centre of militancy with anti-insurgency operations being launched on a war footing in the area.
After his first visit to Kashmir Valley, Sharma suggested that cases against 4,500 youths involved in stone pelting for the first time be dropped in a bid to win hearts.
Over 11,500 cases against stone pelters have been registered since July last year following Wani’s death. Of these, over 4,500 youths were first-time stone pelters.
In a bid to resolve the Valley’s electricity crisis, especially during winters, Sharma also took the initiative of providing additional 300 MW to Kashmir this year.
Attempts are being made to ensure round-the-clock electricity supply by the beginning of winter next year, the officials said.
Sharma however, will meet nearly 28 delegations here tomorrow at the Convention Hall after returning from Reasi district where he is likely to meet Talwara migrants and other sections.
Sources further said that on November 26, he will forward areas along the Line of Control and international border in Jammu region before leaving for Srinagar late afternoon.
Sharma earlier this month visited to the state for five days and met around 50 delegations in Jammu and Srinagar.
However, as per sources, on the recommendation of Sharma and report submitted to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs after his previous visit to the state, the government has ordered the release of stone pelters and to bring them back to the mainstream.