Indian govt’s ‘representative’ to visit J&K from Nov 6 for ‘dialogue’

Dineshwar Sharma, the Indian government’s “representative” for dialogue on Jammu and Kashmir, will embark on a five-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir from November 6 to hold talks with various stakeholders in the state, officials said today.

Sharma, a former chief of the Intelligence Bureau, will spend three days in the Kashmir Valley, while the remaining period will be used for talks with Governor N N Vohra, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and other delegations in Jammu.

In Srinagar, he is expected to meet various political leaders, student groups and youths.

The ‘Joint Resistance Leadership’ comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik had announced earlier this week that they would not meet Sharma and dubbed his appointment a “time-buying tactic.”

While referring to Indian Prime Minister Narendara Modi’s scathing attack on Congress leader P Chidambaram for advocating “greater autonomy” for Jammu and Kashmir, the leaders had said it was futile to expect resolution of Kashmir issue from a dispensation which even rejects autonomy for Jammu and Kashmir.

Citing “radicalization” as a major concern, the former Intelligence Bureau chief has said he would like to convince Kashmiri youth that they are ruining their future by pursuing “azadi and khilafat.”

“I am going to the valley with no blinkers on. I am willing to meet every common person who has a genuine grievance,” he had said.

The 1979-batch IPS officer of the Kerala cadre, who rose to the prestigious post of the Director of the Intelligence Bureau, was recently appointed as the Government of India’s “representative” for sustained dialogue on Jammu and Kashmir.

Hailing from Bihar, Sharma has said that he has an emotional attachment with Kashmir as it was his first field posting way back in 1992.

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