Srinagar: Former Chief Information Commissioner of India, Wajahat Habibullah concluded his 10 day long visit to Kashmir Wednesday with a marathon meeting with a cross section of people from South Kashmir.
Habibullah, who is also a member of the Concerned Citizens Group (CCG), led by former Indian Foreign Minister Yashwant Sinha, was camping in Srinagar for last ten days and has been garnering support for secular opposition.
During his meetings with the people from various sections of the Kashmir society former CIS exhorted them to exercise their right to vote in order to bring the change they want.
Habibullah visited Pulwama on the last leg of his visit where he held a day long session with people from different walks of life.
Sources said delegations which met him at the Circuit House conveyed concerns like rising unemployment, lack of development, unfulfilled promises made by the previous elected representatives besides security concerns.
Habibullah was told that people in Pulwama have lost hope as the district is off the development radar of the government and there is sense of insecurity among the populace.
He was told that Industrial Complex at Lassipora is virtually defunct as most of the industrial units are closing down.
Earlier Habibullah visited Doabgah Sopore and interacted with the people there.
Habibullah also met several politicians, including Hurriyat Conference leader Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, National Conference president Dr Farooq Abdullah, Peoples Conference leader Sajad Gani Lone and Shah Faesal of Jammu and Kashmir People’s Movement.
I feel pained at seeing the depths of alienation in Kashmir and the hopelessness among the people of this beautiful land, Habibulah told Kashmir Observer.
He said Indian civil society was concerned at the deteriorating situation in Kashmir and there was growing realisation that muscular approach of the current dispensation was only deepening the alienation here.
Kashmiris should vote and vote wisely in order to send those people to parliament who understand their problems better, Habibulah said.