Hope to fulfil expectations of government, J&K people: Dineshwar Sharma

Geneva Matthews
October 24, 2017

"For a substantive dialogue, I will need to talk to everybody, " former Intelligence Bureau director Dineshwar Sharma told Hindustan Times, minutes after home minister Rajnath Singh announced his name as the government's representativeto lead a "sustained dialogue" process for Jammu and Kashmir.

Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari said the appointment of a representative to initiate a dialogue with all stakeholders in Jammu and Kashmir indicated that "realists" in the government had prevailed over the "hawks".

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had mentioned in his Independence Day address that, "Neither by bullet, nor by abuses, but by embracing we can solve the problem of Kashmir".

Modi's government has so far shunned talks with the main Kashmiri leadership - the All Parties Hurriyat Conference.

Rajnath Singh visited the state from September 9-12 to signal that the Centre was ready to hold talks with an "open mind".

The measure is significant because the BJP government at the Centre had constantly maintained a tough line on opening peace talks with separatists in Kashmir, particularly after the 2016 unrest that left over 100 civilians dead. "We are doing this", Singh said. In July, India's federal counter-terrorism agency arrested seven Hurriyat members on charges of receiving funds from Pakistan to wage attacks.

Referring to the home minister's statement that Sharma would try to understand the legitimate aspirations of the people of the state, Abdullah sought to know who would define which of the demands are genuine.

Asked whether the appointment of the interlocutor would have a bearing on the NIA investigations going on against the separatists, the Chief Minister said: "Security is a separate issue and the political process is a separate issue".

Gujarat, Oct.23: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Monday hailed the Centre's decision to start a "sustained dialogue" with people of the state. The ambit of holding talks by Sharma is not restrictive and shall include all stakeholders who believe in peace, development and betterment of Jammu & Kashmir.

"Responding to a tweet about the choice of a non-political representative, Omar said the mandate given to the interlocutor was more important". "We hope stakeholders would realise that central government has taken a step and they too should take a step", she said adding, "I think every stakeholder should have a concern on how to take J&K out of this mess".

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