In occupied Kashmir, former Indian minister and senior leader of Congress, Mani Shanker Aiyar, has said that he will use his pen to make people across India aware of the ground situation in Kashmir.
According to media sources, Mani Shanker Aiyar said this while talking to reporters in Srinagar after meeting senior resistance leaders, Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Shabbir Ahmed Shah in Srinagar. “I will use my pen to inform people of India what Kashmiri people want, once I reach New Delhi,” he told the reporters. Mani Shanker Aiyar, who is heading a five-member delegation, called on Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Shabbir Ahmed Shah at their residences in Srinagar and discussed various issues with them. The delegation included O P Shah, former Air Marshal Kapil Kak, journalist Vinod Sharma and I D Khujuria. Aiyar said, he has come to Srinagar on his own and doesn’t represent the Indian government. During his meeting with the APHC Chairman Syed Ali Gilani, Aiyar conveyed a message of the Governor of occupied Kashmir, N N Vohra, who wanted the Hurriyet Chairman to make an appeal to students to end anti-India protests and concentrate on their studies. “Apart from my own interest to meet you, I have a message from J&K’s Governor for you which is that you please make an appeal to students of Kashmir not to take part in protests but focus on their studies and class work,” he told Syed Ali Gilani.
The APHC Chairman responded to Aiyar that it was because of provocation of Indian forces’ personnel who enter college premises and use teargas shells on the students, including girls, that protests are taking place. Referring to Pulwama college incident where over 50 students were injured after forces’ action in April, this year, the APHC Chairman said, “It is due to the confrontational approach of police and other forces towards students that they are hitting the streets.” On the other hand, the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik, refused to meet the Mani Shanker Aiyar-led Indian delegation.