Srinagar, October 28: Ever heard of any office of  Divisional Commissioner of J&K, implying that there is some state level post  of  this nomenclature, which administers the whole of  this state from Ladakh to Valley and to Jammu region .

No one in Jammu and Kashmir has seen or heard of any such posts, but still many channels were running  a scroll with a former bureaucrat Wajahat Habibullah, Divisional  Commissioner, J&K. . That is the tragedy of the TV news today , and most unfortunate part is that they have become part of the misinformation  about Kashmir, the place and the people..

These TV channels   broadcast such  distortions about Kashmir  so  much that now it appears that they are either illiterate or  are deliberately into the game.

Wajahat Habibullah, a 1968 batch IAS officer of J&K cadre was  Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir from 1991 to 1993, with high connections to Gandhi family .  He also is known for claiming credits for  resolving issues  when he was lying unconscious in a hospital bed in New Delhi in November 1993.

He was in news because he was part of a delegation  led by former external affairs minister  Yashwant  Sinha  that visited Kashmir and returned with a tag of ice breaker , for its members were able to talk to separatists . It may have acquired some significance because this delegation  was able to talk to  the likes of Syed Ali Shah Geelani , Mirwaiz Umar Farooq , while some prominent members of the All Party Delegation  like Sita Ram Yechury, D . Raja and Sharad Yadav were denied entry to the home of  Geelani and the Mirwaiz refused to discuss Kashmir  with  others  like Asaduddin Owaisi .