Jammu: Dineshwar Sharma, Special Representative of the Government of India for the Dialogue in Jammu and Kashmir, met Governor N.N. Vohra at the Raj Bhavan here Thursday. Sharma is currently visiting the State and meeting representatives of different sections of society, student organizations, political parties, social and religious groups etc.
Sharma informed Governor about his talks with various individuals and groups in the Valley and the major concerns which had been voiced by those he had met on his first visit to Kashmir.
Governor suggested to Sharma that, notwithstanding any initial reservations in some groups, he must sustain the Dialogue and hear one and all, particularly elements of the society who apparently held contrary convictions.
Meanwhile, Dineshwar Sharma on Thursday met Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh and discussed various issues pertaining to the state.
Officials said that Sharma met Dr Singh here Thursday afternoon before leaving for the winter capital, Jammu. The interlocutor will now interact with various delegations in Jammu during his two-day visit to the winter capital of the state.
“Several issues related to the state of Jammu and Kashmir were discussed in detail,” they added.
With no breakthrough in holding talks with separatists so far, Sharma on Wednesday had said that he will try his best to meeting Hurriyat Conference leaders.
Sharma, a former Intelligence Bureau (IB) chief, is on his maiden visit to the state after being appointed as an interlocutor by the Centre to initiate dialogue process with all stakeholders to resolve the Kashmir issue.
However, separatists, besides traders and some other unions boycotted the meeting with the interlocutor, alleging it is a futile exercise.
The main opposition in the state National Conference (NC) which had not been invited by Sharma, has also said that they expect very little from the process initiated by the interlocutor. However, Sharma called on working president of the NC Omar Abdullah at his Gupkar residence.
The Congress has asked the Centre to come clean about the mandate given to the interlocutor and identify the stakeholders with whom the dialogue will be held.
About 50 delegations of little known local organisations, including students, BJP and PDP youth leaders have met Sharma during his three-day visit in the valley.
Sharma had also met CPI(M) leader Mohammad Yousuf Targami, Peoples Democratic front (PDF) president Hakeem Mohammad Yaseen and Democratic Party Nationalist (DPN) chief Ghulam Hassan Mir.