Sees no point in delegation of Indian Muslims visiting valley when New Delhi ‘is not ready for any CBMs’
Srinagar: Zafar-ul-Islam, a prominent Indian Muslim journalist and intellectual, said on Thursday that he lost his credibility by attending the meeting with Indian home minister Rajnath Singh that was called in the wake of the raging uprising in Kashmir.
“It was clear during our interaction with the HM that he is not ready for any confidence-building measures as of now… No talk of lifting AFPSA from unaffected areas like north Kashmir and moving the army away from inhabited areas… Instead more troops are being airlifted to the Valley. No readiness to talk to Hurriyat or Pakistan for a final solution of this festering wound. Hence, personally I do not see any usefulness of visiting Kashmir. In any case, it should be an independent initiative, not one sponsored and paid for by the home ministry. By accepting such help, we lose credibility. Personally, I have over night lost my credibility in the Valley which was built over three decades,” Khan wrote in Milli Gazette.
Khan was one of the “eminent Indian Muslims” who met Singh on August 21.
“Friends in the Valley and beyond have objected to my participation while the current government has no agenda to solve the Kashmir problem. My answer to all was that if my participation can in any way help the resolution of this intricate problem, I am ready to meet anyone and sacrifice anything,” Khan said, while spelling out why he would not be part of a delegation of Indian Muslim personalities who will be visiting the Valley.
Such visits have been seen in the past by the majority of people in the valley as firefighting measures.
“A delegation of some Muslim personalities to go to the Valley is being planned. I will not be part of it for two reasons: there are no indications that the government is serious about tackling the issue, and I cannot accept government largesse and facilities to do such a work.”
“No readiness to bring the injured youth right away from the Valley, no readiness to immediately stop pellet guns, no readiness to announce compensations right away. No talk of lifting AFPSA from unaffected areas like north Kashmir and moving the army away from inhabited areas. Instead more troops are being airlifted to the Valley. No readiness to talk to Hurriyat or Pakistan for a final solution of this festering wound. Hence, personally I do not see any usefulness of visiting Kashmir,” Khan said.
“…Despite this, I am ready to lead an independent initiative if there are people ready to listen and work for a final solution on lines of or close to the failed Agra agreement. A Nobel prize is waiting for Modi if he can rise to the occasion. If not, such eruptions will keep happening every few years sapping our energies and defaming us in the eyes of the world.”