Govt appoints Interlocutor for peace in J&K

Pauline Gross
October 24, 2017

The home ministry that said the move was to start a "sustained dialogue" process with all stakeholders, has however overlooked Sinha's key demand - that the process be made time-bound, otherwise it would not evince the kind of interest it should.

The party said by appointing an interlocutor for Kashmir, the government had agreed to the Opposition's demand for talks with all stakeholders to bring peace to the Valley.

Singh said that as the government's representative, Sharma will initiate the sustained interaction and dialogue to understand the legitimate aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

He further added that the announcement signalled a victory for those who had been rooting for a political solution in the state.

The newly-appointed interlocutor said he will make his first visit to the strife-torn Valley within "eight-10 days" but multiple government sources confirmed that a lot of homework has already been done.

That statement clearly underlined the governments policy and intention, Singh said while adding that the government was sensitive to issues related to Jammu and Kashmir.

"We had been demanding from day one that they should talk to all stakeholders and they opposed this demand".

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Singh said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had held a series of meetings with political representatives on the Kashmir issue and "all of them were clear that the process of dialogue should begin in the Valley".

Mehbooba said former director of Intelligence Bureau (IB) Dineshwar Sharma, who has been appointed as interlocutor, has been involved in talks process in north east and did a good job.

Sharma did not want to answer questions on whether he would engage with separatists belonging to the Hurriyat Conference but emphasised that he would speak "to all stakeholders". "Hard Power is not an end but means towards an end", Tewari said on Twitter.

Dineshwar Sharma, a former director of India's Intelligence Bureau, will hold talks with groups ranging from elected representatives to political parties and other organisations, Home Minister Rajnath Singh told reporters.

Another senior Congress leader Manish Tewari said the appointment of the special representative was indicative of realists prevailing over the hawks in the government.

"The government has taken a U-turn".

Last week, Kashmir DGP Shesh Paul Void said around 160 militants have been killed in state police's latest security campaign this year, but admitted that Kashmir needs a "political initiative" and the central government should take steps to prevent "jobless" youth from being "influenced by a lot of unwanted and risky stuff". "Our announcement shows how serious we are about initiating dialogue". "We are doing this", Singh said.

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