Dineshwar Sharma, Government of India’s “representative for dialogue” in Jammu and Kashmir, Monday visited Kupwara district, reports quoting official sources said.
It is the third visit of Sharma — a former head of the Intelligence Bureau (IB) — to the state after his appointment by the government to start a “sustained dialogue” with “stakeholders” and to “understand the legitimate aspirations” of people.
After landing in Srinagar, Sharma went in a cavalcade to Kupwara district where, authorities said, around 40 delegations were scheduled to meet him at the Kupwara Dak Bungalow, news agency IANS reported.
Local journalists said authorities did not allow them to enter the Dak Bungalow where Sharma’s meetings were being held.
“Delegations from border towns of Machil and Karnah are also meeting the Special Representative during his visit,” IANS quoted sources as saying.
The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik have dismissed the possibility of engaging in a dialogue with Sharma, describing the entire process as an “eyewash and time-buying exercise by the Indian government.”