A.S. Dulat skeptical about return of normalcy to IOK

New Delhi, September 29 (KMS): Termination of the special status for Kashmir and the bifurcation of the territory has put the people under great political stress and opened chances of international intervention, declared meeting on Kashmir held in New Delhi.

The statement issued by the Centre for Peace and Progress (CPP) at the end of the discussion, said, “Fifty-five days since the siege began, especially in Kashmir valley but also in Jammu, repressive measures are still in place. Violations of human rights are naturally a routine in an atmosphere of communications and media lockdown. The people too have begun to protest by withholding their participation in normal everyday life.

The discussion was chaired by Chairman of CPP, O.P. Shah.

Addressing the gathering, former chief of Research and Analysis Wing A.S. Dulat said that he was skeptical about the chances of normalcy returning to the Kashmir Valley. “I am not as hopeful as some of you here. Whatever has happened was not good. There is a silence on the ground in Kashmir and that is disturbing,” said Mr. Dulat, referring to the end of the special status for the territory.

Former interlocutor for the Government of India, M.M. Ansari, addressing the gathering, said, suspension of communication for a prolonged period has triggered mass-scale psychological disturbances among the people in the Valley.

“Kashmir is a political issue. If handled only through the security framework it will deepen problems and not lead to a peaceful solution,” said the collective statement from the organisers of the meeting who urged for an immediate end to the communication lock-down of the Kashmir Valley.

The meeting was also addressed by Kashmir University’s Muslim Jahn Fazili, lawyers, Wani Yasmeen and Rahella Khan and senior journalist, Anand K. Sahay.

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