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Sinha-led Panelwarns India of worst to come in IOK

Srinagar, January 08, 2017 (PPI-OT): The delegation led by former Indian Minister Yashwant Sinha that visited Jammu and Kashmir twice during the uprising last year has warned India of catastrophic situation during the years 2017 and 2018 if New Delhi failed to accept the ground realities in the territory.

The delegation in its detailed report released in New Delhi, said that lull in street protests was temporary and there would be ‘more worst to come.’ The report said that almost every Kashmiri they met stressed the need for a one-time political settlement of the Kashmir dispute saying that unless the basic political issue was resolved, death and destruction would continue to haunt Kashmir with increasing frequency.

The report acknowledged that Kashmiris’ protests were neither sponsored by anyone from outside nor were their youngsters being paid to come out in the streets. The report recommended immediate improvement in human rights situation and initiation of a multi-dimensional dialogue for settling the Kashmir issue. The report has been prepared by former Indian External Affairs Minister, Yaswant Sinha, former Chief Information Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah, former Air Vice Marshal Kapil Kak, journalist Bharat Bhushan and Executive Program Director of Centre for Dialogue and Reconciliation Sushoba Bharve.

Meanwhile, the General Secretary of All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Shabbir Ahmad Shah in a statement issued in Srinagar, today, said that the silence of international community had emboldened India and its collaborators to continue playing with the lives of innocent people in Kashmir. While paying tributes to Sajjad Ahmad Kenu on his 21st martyrdom anniversary, he said that Kashmiri martyrs had sacrificed their lives for the honor of Islam and liberation of Jammu and Kashmir from the forcible occupation of India.

The authorities have shifted freedom leaders Noor Muhammad Kalwal and Ayaz Akbar from Kotbhalwal jail in Jammu to Rajbagh police station in Srinagar despite the fact that the high court of the occupied territory has quashed draconian Public Safety Act against them.

On the other hand, the Kashmir Valley remained cut off from the rest of the world for the third consecutive day, today, due to heavy snowfall in many areas over the past five days. All Kashmir University examinations scheduled to be held on Monday and Tuesday have been postponed in view of heavy snowfall.

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