Interlocutor’s meeting in South Kashmir seems ‘stage managed’: Congress

Srinagar: A day after the Interlocutor Dineshwar Sharma met the delegations in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district, the State Congress Monday said that his visit to South Kashmir seems ‘stage managed’ by the present dispensation.

Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) chief, Ghulam Ahmad Mir said that they are keeping a close watch over Sharma’s south Kashmir visit. “It is apprehensive that the ruling PDP could use him as a part of its pre-poll exercise in the region,” Mir said.

Notably, the Parliamentary by-polls in South Kashmir were deferred earlier this year following the massive protests in Srinagar on Election Day in April.

“The way meetings of Sharma with the people of south Kashmir are held, the process seems stage managed by the ruling coalition,” he said, adding that they have information that the people are first bundled in the offices of Tehsildars and SDMs and are briefed before being allowed to meet Sharma- this all looks deceptive.

“Instead of meeting selected groups and individuals, Sharma should meet one and all and those who could help him in bringing the normalcy back. We heard that the people meeting him raise the demands for more transformers and complaint about erratic power supplies. I think one should seriously ponder upon what is going on,” Congress chief said.

He added that that though his party wouldn’t yet reach to the conclusion over Sharma’s JK visits; however it, so far seems that the PDP is trying to cover up its past blinders while using Sharma as a “mascot.”

“They would use it as a slogan in the coming time however people would themselves know whether the situation witnessed the betterment of any sort by virtue of Dineshwar Sharma’s interlocution,” Mir said.

Casting jibes at the government over its recent announcement of giving amnesty to first time stone pelters in Kashmir, the state Congress chief said not more than 200 people across Valley would get benefitted out of the process.

“The government says it will withdraw FIRs against those who were first timers but there are multiple FIRs registered against each person in police stations of Kashmir. It is a mere cosmetic exercise and I call tell you with certainty that not more than 200 people will be b benefitted while the fate of thousands of others would continue to remain dreadful and bleak,” Mir said. (KNS)


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