KCS says engagement of interlocutor with JRL a must


Srinagar: The Kashmir Civil Society (KCS) on Friday said that interlocutor appointed by New Delhi to initiate a dialogue in Kashmir cannot be fruitful if he misses out on the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL).

“The engagement of the nominated representative of government of India with anyone else other than Joint Resistance Leadership will be a futile exercise,” the civil society members said in a joint statement issued here.

The KCS said that the terms of reference for the proposed dialogue to be facilitated by nominating government of India’s representative Dineshwar Sharma have not been specified.

“We the members of Kashmir civil society have witnessed with distress hindrances to the process of resolution of Kashmir dispute sought to be facilitated by nominating Dineshwar Sharma as a representative of Government of India,” a joint statement issued here said.

“Unfortunately the terms of reference for the proposed dialogue have not been specified,” they said.

The members said that Kashmir issue needs to be addressed seriously.

“Needless to state that it is of paramount importance to address the issue seriously without using subterfuges of ‘restoration of peace’ and ‘de-radicalization of youth’, which are in fact, concomitant to the resolution of the dispute,” they said.

The statement has 22 signatories having different and varied professional background.

“The issue needs to be dealt with frontally in its historical perspective. The dialogue must take place among the three principal parties (India, Pakistan and the Joint Resistance Leadership of Kashmir). That alone can yield the desired results,” they said. “The KCS is relieved to know that all the three parties have publicly stated that the final settlement of the dispute could be arrived at through meaningful, resulted-oriented and time-bound negotiations. In this backdrop, the concerns expressed by Joint Resistance Leadership must be addressed immediately by the Indian government to set in motion the process of resolution,” the statement added.

The signatories included Dr. AltafHussain, Author, Dr. HameedahNayeem, Chairperson – Kashmir Centre for Social and Development Studies, Zahiruddin, Author and Journalist, Dr. Mubeen Ahmed Shah, Business Leader ,Syed ShakeelQalander, Business Leader, Zareef Ahmad Zareef- Poet, Anwar Ashai, Dr. Javed Iqbal-Columnist , Abdul Majid Zargar, Chartered Accountant,  Dr. Ather Zia, Assistant Professor, University of Colorado,  Dr. Mirza Ashraf Beg, Author, Anuradha Bhasin Jamwal, Executive Editor – The Kashmir Times, Prof. Siddiq Wahid, Ex-Vice Chancellor, Islamic University of Science and Technology, Kashmir , Mohammad Shafi Pandit, Former Chairman, Jammu and Kashmir Public Service Commission, Justice (Retd.) Hasnain Masoodi, Retired High Court Judge, Sampat Prakash, Veteran Trade Union Leader,  Krishen Lal Koul, Businessman, Gowhar Geelani, Journalist and Political Commentator, Mirza

Waheed, Author, Monisa Qadri, Academician,  Dr. Shaikh Ghulam Rasool, President – Jammu and Kashmir Right to Information Movement, Mehmoodur Rashid, Columnist,  Hassan Zainagiree, Columnist,  ArjimandHussainTalib, Editor-in-Chief, Ziraat Times  and  KhurramParvez.


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