Srinagar: Government of India’s “special representative” for Kashmir, Dineshwar Sharma, has appealed to the government forces to “show restraint” in the Kashmir Valley and put an end to “civilian killings”, describing the recent killings in the region as a “setback”.
“Civilian killings must stop. The security forces must show restraint and not resort to disproportionate firing,’’ a Hindustan Times report said quoting Dineshwar Sharma, a former chief of the Intelligence Bureau.
“I was hoping for a better summer but violence has come as a setback. Amongst the districts in south Kashmir, Shopian is particularly alienated and angry. We must be sensitive while dealing with the people of Kashmir,’’ he added.
Sharma was appointed as a special representative by the GoI on October 23 to hold a “sustained dialogue” with all “stakeholders”, and has made several visits to Jammu and Kashmir, including one in late February to Shopian, where three civilians were killed by Army bullets on January 27 during a protest, and four were shot dead along with two militants on March 4.