Yashwant Sinha-led delegation winds up Kashmir visit
The five-member civil society delegation led by senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha on Thursday completed its three-day visit to Kashmir during which it met various stakeholders to “understand the situation” and “share the pain” of the people here.
“We came here to understand the situation and share the pain of the people. We will sit down (after going back to Delhi) and see how we can proceed further,” Sinha told reporters after completing meetings with various sections in the valley, including separatists. Sinha said the delegation, which does not have any official status, met Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday and Governor N N Vohra on Thursday.
Since its arrival here on Tuesday, the delegation met hardline Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani, moderate separatist leaders Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Abdul Gani Bhat and representatives of Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry - the apex trade body of Kashmir. The other delegation members - Wajahat Habibullah, Ex chairman of National Commission for Minorities, Kapil Kak, former Air Vice-Marshall, Journalist Bharat Bhushan and Sushoba Barve of Centre for Dialogue and Reconciliation -- met Geelani again on Thursday.