The former Union Minister Yashwant Sinha led track-II delegation Monday held deliberations with civil society members and mainstream leaders here.
The delegation met members of Kashmir High Court Bar Association led by Advocate Muhammad Amin Bhat and Advocate Arshid Andrabi. Advocate Bhat said he told the delegation that Kashmir is a political issue and needs a political handling. "I stressed that there should be no more cosmetic approach and it is high time to resolve Kashmir issue by talking to Hurriyat leadership," said Bhat. The meeting was held at Circuit House here.
Sources said members of Kashmir Centre for Social and Development Studies (KCSDS) Prof Hameeda Nayeem and Shakeel Qalander urged the delegation that Kashmir needs to be dealt with politically. "We expressed dissatisfaction as to why there was no action on our last list of demands. We also told the delegation that youth are languishing in prisons and police lock ups are full. These youth need to be released forthwith," Qalander said.
The delegation also heard human rights activist Khuram Pervez who briefed them about fate of prisoners in various jails.
Sinha, who is accompanied by journalist Bharat Bhushan and Sushoba Bharve of Centre For Dialouge and Reconciliation, made it clear that they have no official mandate but are in Kashmir on humanitarian grounds they share the pain of people and would apprise Government of India about the ground situation in Kashmir.
The delegation also met MLA Langate Engineer Rashid who advocated dialogue with militants and separatists.
Sources said that the delegation is likely to meet pro freedom leaders Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik in a day or two. The delegation that arrived here on Saturday met senior separatist leader Aga Syed Al Mousivi. On Sunday the team visited South Kashmir and met civil society members there.
This is the second visit of Sinha led delegation to Kashmir since October. The team has already advocated ban on pellet guns and highlighted excessive use of force by the forces in the past five months of uprising.