Willing to meet separatists, says Centre’s Spl Rep to J&K

RSTV Bureau
FILE: Srinagar: Hurriyat Chairman of hardline faction Syed Ali Shah Geelani addressing a press conference along with separatist leader Shabir Ahamad Shah in Hyderpora in Srinagar, Sept, 2015.  Photo - PTI

FILE: Srinagar: Hurriyat Chairman of hardline faction Syed Ali Shah Geelani addressing a press conference along with separatist leader Shabir Ahamad Shah in Hyderpora in Srinagar, Sept, 2015.
Photo – PTI

The Centre’s special representative for Jammu and Kashmir, Dineshwar Sharma, said he is willing to extra mile to meet the separatist leaders as part of government’s efforts to resolve the issues facing the state through a sustained dialogue.

On a five-day visit to the state, he will be spending next two days in Jammu where he will hold talks with Governor NN Vohra, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and various delegations.

“I will try my best,” Sharma told reporters when asked if he would go an extra mile to meet the Hurriyat Conference leaders.

Separatists leaders had earlier announced that they will not Centre’s special representative. The Joint Resistance Forum, a conglomerate of three separatist organisations–the hardline and moderate factions of the Hurriyat Conference and the JKLF–had even dubbed his appointment a “time-buying tactic” of the Centre.

“I met a lot of people. I wish that peace returns to Kashmir very soon and a political solution also comes as quickly as possible,” he added.

Former IB chief Dineshwar Sharma with Home Minister Rajnath Singh

Former IB chief Dineshwar Sharma with Home Minister Rajnath Singh

Earlier in the day, he called on former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah at his residence in Srinagar to discuss the situation in the state.

We discussed the prevailing situation in the state, as also steps that can be taken to make his visits to the state more meaningful, Abdullah said after the meeting.

He also met CPM leader MY Tarigami, who represents south Kashmir’s Kulgam constituency in the assembly. Senior leader of the ruling PDP, Sartaj Madni, who is Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s maternal uncle, is also slated to meet Sharma today.

Sharma, the former director of the Intelligence Bureau, was appointed the Centre’s special representative on October 23 in a fresh bid for lasting peace.

(With inputs from PTI)