Civilian killings in Kashmir must stop, forces should show restraint, says govt’s interlocutor

In the wake of civilian killings in Kashmir, the Indian government’s interlocutor on Kashmir, Dineshwar Sharma on Wednesday appealed to the security forces to “show restraint” in the Valley and put an end to “civilian killings”, describing the recent spate of violence in the region as a “setback”.

“Civilian killings must stop. The security forces must show restraint and not resort to disproportionate firing,’’ Dineshwar Sharma, a former chief of the Intelligence Bureau told PTI.

“I was hoping for a better summer but violence has come as a setback. Amongst the districts in south Kashmir, Shopian is particularly alienated and angry. We must be sensitive while dealing with the people of Kashmir,’’ Sharma added.

Earlier, The government of India’s special representative for Jammu and Kashmir claimed that “there was a definite change in mood after his visits and meetings in the Valley.”

Sharma considers that his priority is to find a deserving solution and restore peace in Jammu and Kashmir.

But it seems, Sharma is not able to convince the Central government and Chief of Army, General Bipin Rawat to handle Kashmir in a non-violent way, as the Indian forces killed 4 more civilians on Sunday evening in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir.

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