A five-member delegation led by former Union minister and senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha submitted its report on unrest in Kashmir to Union Home Ministry in Delhi after meeting with Chairman of Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Shah Geelani in Srinagar.
The delegation visited the valley from October 25-27 and met concerned separatist leaders, including Yasin Malik, Geelani, and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.
The report said: “Across the political spectrum, the Kashmiris we met spoke to virtually the same script about the history of the Kashmir issue. They may have varied in the exposition of a particular issue but basically all of them argued for a political solution to what they perceived as a political issue. They made the point that this is the fifth generation of Kashmiris which was protesting but to no avail.”
The report noted that the security forces using excessive force is one of the reason of Kashmiris being angry. “The violence which began with the funeral procession of slain militant Burhan Wani has so far resulted in the death of nearly a hundred people. The question that most Kashmiris are asking is: Why were unarmed people going to offer last prayers for Burhan Wani fired at?” it said.
The report also suggested that Kashmiris from business and trading community were not worried about profit and loss but about human lives and about the unrest in the valley.
The report submitted by the delegation highlighted that the use of pellet guns which is used to manage the crowd was the major point which angered the Kashmiris. “They want the pellet guns banned and cannot understand why Government of India is delaying this decision and why Indian security establishment is reluctant to give up this weapon,” report said.
According to the report, Kashmiris are also upset because of search operations being conducted which leads to destruction of property at their homes. “Apparently electrical and electronic gadgets are destroyed in the name of search operations. This continues even when the search operation yields nothing.” The public is also disappointed about the abuse of Public Saftey Act (PSA).
People of Kashmir were anguished about India not recognizing Kashmir as a political issue. People claimed that present situation in the valley is because of the refusal to see Kashmir as an political issue and it cannot be solved through law and order measures.
Separatist leaders in Kashmir are of a view that unless Indian and Pakistan talk there is no permanent solution to Kashmir issue.
“Most Kashmiris believe that Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was sincere in his approach to resolving the Kashmir tangle,” the reports said.
The report brought out a major point which indicated the feeling of Kashmiris, they think that “Indian public was indifferent to the plight of Kashmiris.”