Srinagar, November 29 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, student delegations that met India-appointed interlocutor, Dineshwar Sharma, in Islamabad town, were left dismayed as they got no answers to the questions they posed to him.

Dineshwar Sharma was on his second visit to south Kashmir. He made his first one to Pulwama district. He met over 30 delegations from different walks of society in Islamabad town. Though media persons were not allowed inside the venue, delegations from pro-India parties, civil society and student groups met him.

The delegations, mostly students, sought resolution of the Kashmir dispute as per the Kashmiris’ aspirations, release of political prisoners and youth and withdrawal of cases against them, apart from demanding withdrawal of Indian troops from occupied Kashmir, end to human rights violations, repeal of draconian laws, ban on use of pellet guns and free movement of people and goods across the Line of Control.

The students who talked to media after their meeting with Sharma said that they were disappointed with the response they got while they tried to highlight some genuine issues before the interlocutor.

“I talked about use of pellet guns. I asked him (Sharma) how come a gun used on animals in other parts of the world is used on us despite the fact that you call us your own kids,” a student said, requesting anonymity.

Another student said that he and his college-mates raised the issue of students being booked under different cases during the students’ protests earlier this year.

A girl student said that she spoke about a respectful resolution of the Kashmir dispute because the student community remained affected due to the unresolved dispute.

The students said that Sharma only listened to such points raised by them and when he was asked for answers, he had none.

“When the point of scrapping of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) and other draconian laws was raised by the students, Sharma said that he was not authorized to reply and that he would just hear and prepare a sincere report,” the students said, adding that they were well aware of whatever happened to the reports of interlocutors appointed earlier.

“He told us that the gun was not a solution and that he was a firm believer in that. Unfortunately we have been listening to such sermons for ages now,” the students said.


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