The Centre’s interlocutor on Kashmir Dineshwar Sharma has arrived in Kashmir to hold yet another round of talks with the people.
This time around he started his visit from north Kashmir in frontier district of Kupwara. Last time he had visited south Kashmir.
Soon after his arrival in the Valley, the chairperson of Dukhtaran-e-Millat Aasiya Andrabi and her secretary Fahmeeda Sofi were released from Srinagar Central Jail. Signifying that after amnesty for youth the process of releasing the political prisoners in Kashmir may also commence.
Officially nothing has been communicated about releasing the political prisoners as it can trigger a big debate across the country.
Many rightwing parties are opposing the release of political prisoners. So there is every possibility about government keeping it a low key affair.
Since the day Centre has appointed Sharma as its special point man for Kashmir things have started moving and it looks like that New Delhi may soften its stand. The raids being conducted by the National Investigating Agency (NIA) have decreased and there are reports that curbs on the movement of separatists would also be lifted. Slowly things have started moving.
Many people believe that Sharma has got no mandate to resolve the Kashmir issue but a few people believe that he can play a pivotal role in restoring normalcy in the Valley. Situation in Kashmir is far from normal and still lot needs to be done to restore peace in this strife torn land.
Now it remains to be seen what Sharma gathers from his this visit to Kashmir. Would he be further able to take the process ahead. His last visit to Kashmir had triggered a storm as there were reports a few separatist leaders had met him.