Union Home minister Rajnath Singh announced that a sustained dialogue will be initiated by the government to find a solution to the Kashmir issue. Former director of the Intelligence Bureau (IB) Dineshwar Sharma would be the central government’s representative to initiate dialogue with all stakeholders.
The move has been welcomed by the Opposition parties, with former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah calling it an acceptance of political nature of the issue.
Dineshwar Sharma, served as the IB director between December, 2014 and 2016. He will decide whom he wants to hold talks with, Rajnath Singh said when asked whether he would have dialogue with the Hurriyat Conference.
The initiative has been taken as per Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Independence Day address, the home minister said.
Following the Centre’s announcement, Omar Abdullah said the move was a resounding defeat for those who saw force as the only solution to Kashmir issue.
“The acceptance of the political nature of the Kashmir issue is a resounding defeat of those who could only see use of force as a solution,” the former chief minister said in a tweet.
The National Conference (NC) leader also sought to know the implications of the move on the NIA investigations into the terror funding cases in the Valley.
“What does this mean for the NIA investigation in J&K? Will investigation be suspended to facilitate dialogue with detained Hurriyat leaders?” he asked.
Welcoming the move, Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari said, “Appointment of interlocutor in J&K is indicative that realists in Govt have prevailed over Hawks. Hard Power is not an end but means towards an end,” on twitter.
(With inputs from PTI)