Srinagar: The Concerned Citizens Group (CSG) led by former Indian foreign minister and senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha is visit Kashmir early next month to advocate dialogue and update itself with the present situation in the valley.
“We are arriving in Kashmir early next month. The dates are yet to be fixed,” Wajahat Habibullah, one of the members of the Group told a local news agency.
“The aim of the visit is to update themselves with the suggestions and the situation and discuss the roadmap ahead. And bring it to the notice of the Centre, State governments and people of the country to hold dialogue for resolving Kashmir issue,” Habibullah, the retired IAS officer and former Chairman Minorities Commission, said.
Led by Sinha, the group also included Habibullah, Kapil Kak, for air vice marshal, Bharat Bhushan Editor Catch News and Sushobha Barve Programme Director of Centre for Dialogue and Reconciliation as its members and it had visited Kashmir from 25-27 October last year amid agitation.
The Group had last year visited the valley amid fourth-month long uprising and civilian killings to assess the situation and insist on the BJP-led government in New Delhi to hold dialogue with Hurriyat and other stakeholders in the state for political resolution of the issue.
Asked what the outcome of their Group’s report was, Habibullah said that there was no response from Government of India, though “we as citizens of the country played our role and showed our responsibility towards the country and its people. People in the country should ask the Government”.
“It is the question of the country standing upto its responsibility. “We treat Kashmir as of India and people need to know why and how things are happening here,” he said.
On NIA arresting the Hurriyat members on different charges, he said that such things are not solution to the issue of Kashmir.
“Dialogue is a different approach. Legal ways are alright but issues like Kashmir cannot be resolved by arrests and harsh methods. Nobody should think that such an approach will resolve the issue,” he said.