Meets delegations but tight-lipped on details
Srinagar: The government of India’s special representative for Kashmir, Dineshwar Sharma, met various delegations on his fourth visit to the state.
Sharma, who arrived in Kashmir on Monday, met trade delegations, youth groups and some non-governmental organisations.
“I have not visited any place this time in Kashmir,” Sharma told Kashmir Reader. “I remained in Srinagar.”
During his last visit, Sharma visited a few areas of south and north Kashmir and held deliberations with people belonging to various streams of society.
He said he met various people in the past two days but refused to share any further details.
“Lot of people had come to meet me. But I cannot divulge entire details who were the persons who came to see me,” Sharma said.
Unlike in the past, Sharma remained silent this time about his visit, and even delegates who came to see him at Hari Niwas – the erstwhile palace which houses his temporary office – did not divulge many details.
Among the people who met Sharma during his two days in Srinagar was the family of Bilal Ahmad Kawa, detained by the Delhi and Gujarat police on 10 January on charges of involvement in the Delhi Red Fort attack in 2000.
The family members who met Sharma on Monday refused, however, to talk with the media.
Other than them, delegates met Sharma with various regional concerns.
“We want that the Kashmir issue should get solved,” a group of delegates said outside Hari Niwas after they met the representative. “Besides, we told him that the money being sent by the centre is not being properly used by the government. We asked him to look into the matter of youth as well.”
The government of India appointed Sharma as its special representative to J&K on 24 October 2017 and tasked him with the job to hold dialogue with all “stakeholders of Kashmir” to bring what it described as “peace in the state”.
During his last three visits to Kashmir, Sharma met hundreds of delegations, including those representing civil society, political parties and people related to other walks of life.
The special representative has been given the status of Cabinet Secretary.
After his previous three visits, he made recommendations to release first-time stone pelters besides taking a slew of measures including increasing of compensation of police personnel fighting militancy in Kashmir to bring it at par with that given by the paramilitary and the army.