Jammu & Kashmir

Mission without mandate

Print edition : January 19, 2018

Dineshwar Sharma (right), the Centre’s special representative to Jammu and Kashmir, meeting local people at Anantnag in south Kashmir on November 28, 2017. Photo: PTI

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, separatist leader. Photo: Nissar Ahmad

The funeral procession of Tanveer Ahmed, a militant killed in a gun battle with the troops at Batmurran Kellar village in Shopian on December 19, 2017. Photo: TAUSEEF MUSTAFA/AFP

An activist of the Awami Ittihad Party detained during a protest against human rights abuses by government forces in Srinagar, on December 10, 2017. Photo: Mukhtar Khan/AP

The government’s current interlocutor for Jammu and Kashmir is unlikely to achieve much as he does not even have a mandate. New Delhi, which has a history of appointing such interlocutors and refusing to act on their reports, is yet to understand that the Kashmir conflict needs to be approached politically and not militarily.
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