Open to talks with anybody who believes in peace: Sharma

Open to talks with anybody who believes in peace: Sharma

‘Youth of Kashmir ruining their future’

Srinagar: The newly appointed interlocutor for Jammu and Kashmir, Dineshwar Sharma, said on Friday that he will convince the youth of Kashmir that “they are only ruining their future and the future of all Kashmiris in the name of what they call Azadi (independence), Islamic caliphate, or Islam.”
“I feel the pain and sometimes I become emotional, too. I want to see this kind of violence end as soon as possible, from all sides. The youth of Kashmir like Zakir Musa and Burhan Wani get hype when they talk about (establishing Islamic) Caliphate,” Sharma told IANS news agency.
According to the agency, Sharma said he is pained to see the path that Kashmiris, particularly the youth, have chosen, as it would only destroy their society. He said the way the youth of Kashmir were going, “which is radicalisation”, will ultimately “finish the Kashmir society itself.”
“I am worried about the people of Kashmir. If all this picks up, the situation will be like Yemen, Syria and Libya. People will start fighting in so many groups. It is very important that everybody, all of us, contribute, so that the suffering of Kashmiris ends,” he said.
“I will have to convince the youth of Kashmir that they are only ruining their future and the future of all Kashmiris in the name of whether they call it azadi (independence), Islamic caliphate or Islam. You can take examples like Pakistan, Libya, Yemen or any country where such things are going on. They have become the most violent places in the world. I want to see that it doesn’t happen in India,” he said.
The IANS quoted Sharma as saying that he was open to talks from ordinary students to “a riksha puller or a cart puller”, anyone who “believes in peace”.
“I am open to talking to everybody. Anybody who believes in peace and wants to come and give me some ideas, I am willing to listen. He can be an ordinary student, an ordinary youth, a rickshaw-wala or a thele-wala,” Sharma said.
Asked if he had identified a way to reach out to the youth in Kashmir, Sharma said he was still working out the modalities. When asked if he had started reaching out to Hurriyat leaders, he said, “Let me see. I am ready to talk to everybody. Anybody who wants to contribute to peace.”