People demand basic amenities, resolution of Kashmir issue
Srinagar, Nov 07: Though the big names stayed away, it was a busy day for the Centre’s special representative Dineshwar Sharma, who met 39 delegations on Tuesday, officials said.
All Parties Sikh Coordination Committee (APSCC) led by its chairman Jagmohan Singh Raina raised the issues of Sikh community in the state.
A delegation of All Jammu and Kashmir Panchayat Conference led by Shafiq Ahmad Mir also met the Sharma and raised the issues of Panchayat members. A delegation of Human Welfare Association, which claims working for the welfare of released militants, also met him.
A PDP youth delegation led by Waheed Rehman Parra also met the Dineshwar Sharma.
Otherc parties and delegations that met Sharma include Voice of Youth, Tehreek Insaaf, Welfare Civil Society Kupwara, Kashmir Pandit Sangarish Samiti, Cross-LoC Trade Association, Global Youth Foundation, Be the Change, Shivsena Hindustan, Redwinter, Youth Group Srinagar, J&K Doordarshan, Non Migrant Pandits, Child Protection Committee, Muslim Rashtriya Manch, Rashtriya Samajwadi, All JK Auto Drivers Association, Shopkeepers Association, Ex-Serviceman Association, Help and Peace Foundation.
A delegation led by Mehraj Khurshid, who contested Srinagar parliamentary by-polls, a delegation led by G M Wani, retired judge; Lok Jan Shakti led by Sanjay Saraf, and two individuals Tahir and Irfan also met Centre’s special representative while the representatives of Jantadal United led by G N Shaheen and Bhartiya Modi Army boycotted the meeting. (With KNS inputs)
Congress to meet Sharma today; NC yet to decide
Srinagar, Nov 07: Opposition Congress has decided to meet the Centre’s special representative Dineshwar Sharma in the second half of the day Wednesday.
“We have been invited for talks. We will definitely meet him (Sharma) probably in the second half of Wednesday,” Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress president G A Mir was quoted as saying by ‘Kashmir Wire’ here.
He said his party is organizing a “black day” tomorrow throughout the country on the first anniversary of demonetization.
“We will be busy tomorrow (in connection with ‘black day’). But as Sharma is leaving for Jammu on November 09, we have been left with no option but to meet him tomorrow itself. We will definitely meet him in the second half of Wednesday,” Mir said.
Another Congress leader and former minister Taj Mohiuddin, however, said his party would welcome the steps aimed at resolving the issue and including all stakeholders including Hurriyat conference in the negotiations.
“The talks should be held without any pre-conditions. What is the fun of talking to the people who have no problem? The stand of the Congress is well-known to the world. We will come forward if the talks are held with all stakeholders including the separatists,” Taj Mohiuddin said.
The main opposition National Conference, has so far kept Sharma guessing whether they will meet him or not.
“We have not been formally invited yet and our leadership is away on a tour of frontier region of Kupwara for the last five days. We have not yet taken a decision about meeting him (Dineshwar Sharma),” NC general secretary Ali Mohammad Sagar told ‘Kashmir Wire’.
Meanwhile, M Y Tarigami, MLA and state secretary of CPI(M), Hakeem Mohammad Yaseen, MLA from Khansahib constituency of Budgam district and Democratic Nationalist Party chief Ghulam Hassan Mir are also expected to meet Sharma Wednesday.
Separatist leadership comprising Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Mohammad Yaseen Malik have refused to meet the special representative saying “meeting Sharma is a futile exercise”.