SRINAGAR, APR 13: Aimed to stop the ongoing annihilation in Valley, a Kashmir based group of Youth under the banner of Swaraj Peeth Trust (A Gandhian Center for Non-violence and Peace) has sent a document of recommendations to Government of India’s special representative on Kashmir, Dineshwar Sharma.
The document has been forwarded by Rajiv Vora on behalf of Swaraj Peeth Trust with prominent young faces of Kashmir Mushtaq Ul-Haq Ahmad Sikandar, Rameez Makhdoomi, Bilal Bashir Bhat and Saima Shah as its signatories. The 12 point based recommendations deal with different contours of conflict that are resulting in uncertainty, bloodshed and violence in Kashmir.
The document has recommended the interlocutor to stop the radicalization of national media based on extremely biased, ill-informed, propagandistic nature of news items and debates related to Kashmir. Besides stressing upon Sharma to ensure restoration of freedom of expression and student activism in trouble torn Valley.
In the report, the Kashmir youth have also welcomed the GoI decision to defer the Panchayat elections, saying in a highly vitiated environment holding elections would have lead to bloodshed.
The youths have also expressed outrage over the repeated restriction on Internet.
On police reforms the youth have urged Sharma to ensure proper implementation of SOPs while arresting, detaining and then framing charges against an individual.
The youths have warned that Kathua rape and murder of an eight year old girl has the potential of communal as well as regional polarization and divide. The culprits need to be dealt with heavy hand following the rule of law.
“Derailed peace process with Pakistan must also be resumed. If the call for resuming talks with Pakistan can come from Dineshwar Sharma himself, it would be a better option as that will be taken as a goodwill gesture in Srinagar and will perhaps also raise the acceptability and credibility of the interlocutor in Jammu & Kashmir,” the report reads.
Pertinent to mention here, the Chairman of Swaraj Peeth Trust (A Gandhian Center for Nonviolence and Peace), Rajiv Vora is a frequent visitor to trouble torn Kashmir Valley.