The assertion of the Inspector General of Police Muneer Khan asserting that the process of identifying the first time stone-pelters has begun is good news for the youth.
The Kashmir Police Chief said that those against whom FIRs in various police stations were registered from 2010 to 2017 are being identified and a complete list of the first time offenders in being thoroughly complied. “The process of identifying them has already begun and we likely are going to submit the final list by the end of next week,” the IGP said.
The idea of granting amnesty to the first time offenders was mooted by the Centre’s interlocutor on Kashmir Dineshwar Sharma as during his first to the Valley the delegations which met him stressed on the need to make a beginning by announcing amnesty to the youth.
That beginning has been made and many more steps are needed to restore the faith of people and to take the process ahead. It’s unfortunate that a few people are opposing the release of political prisoners. Those who are opposing this move need to realize that lot more needs to be done.
The hardliners should stop making noise about steps being taken by the interlocutor Sharma and the Centre to restore normalcy in the Valley. Till they don’t stop poking their nose situation in Kashmir won’t improve.
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti had termed the amnesty to the stone throwing youth as a ‘confidence building measure’, and had stated that such an action reaffirms the Central government’s commitment towards changing the narrative in J&K and creating a re-conciliatory atmosphere for sustained dialogue.
One hopes that extremists elements would allow this process to continue and give peace a chance in Kashmir.