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Kashmir Interlocutor Dineshwar Sharma has said that the cycle of violence in Kashmir has pained him and he is hopeful about summer being peaceful as many people, especially the youth, have assured him of working as peace ambassadors in the state.
Since the day Sharma has been appointed as the Interlocutor he has met number of delegations across the state. He is the one who recommended amnesty for the first time offenders. It was on his recommendation that Centre asked the state government to withdraw the cases which were registered against nearly 9000 youth across Kashmir.
There were reports that Sharma was also trying to get a few separatist leaders released so that Hurriyat leaders could be roped in for the talks.
Killings continuing in Kashmir are a setback for the entire peace process. Sharma knows it very well that killings and talks cannot go together and peace is imperative for any process to take off.
The interlocutor has been reiterating that security forces have been asked to exercise restraint. “There have been some stray incidents and these should end forthwith,” Sharma has said.
Civilian killings have always triggered outrage and anger in Kashmir and have added to the alienation.
In his interactions with the media men Sharma has acknowledged on many occasions that the people whom he has met have been bitter but has exuded hope that their wounds could be nursed.
Sharma believes that peace would be restored in Kashmir and the problems which the people have been facing would be solved. If New Delhi wants Kashmir to remain peaceful in 2018, then it has to ensure that killings stop and ground situation improves. Prevailing fear and insecurity can lead to situation taking an ugly turn.

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