Sharma begins 2nd visit to J&K

Sharma begins 2nd visit to J&K

Meets Governor, CM, ors

Srinagar, Nov 24: The government of India’s “special representative” Dineshwar Sharma Friday afternoon reached Jammu his second visit to the state to continue his process of fresh dialogue between Srinagar and New Delhi.
Sharma, who visited Srinagar and Jammu earlier this month, is supposed to stay in J&K for four days. He will reach Srinagar on November 26.
Soon after landing at Jammu, Sharma called on Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and discussed ways and means for reaching out to various stakeholders.
Later, he visited Jagti Township where he met several delegations of Kashmiri Pandits.
Sources said,” he will meet some 12 political and apolitical groups consisting of some politicians and sitting and former legislators. He will go Reasi tomorrow to interact with Talwara migrants.
It is said that Sharma will visit the south Kashmir, the ground zero of unrest. It will be interesting to see how Sharma engages the youths in south Kashmir, where the local militancy is higher than other parts of the valley.
Sharma was appointed the government of India’s interlocutor on October 23 to hold talks with all stakeholders in an effort to find lasting peace for Kashmir issue.
Sharma also held discussions with Governor N.N. Vohra at the Raj Bhavan for over an hour here today.
Among other matters, Governor and Sharma discussed the significant geopolitical developments in the region since the latter’s last visit to the State.
Meanwhile, the Centre’s special representative Dineshwar Sharma met a delegation of the minority cell of the opposition National Conference (NC) party, which strongly batted for rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits in clusters to “ensure preservation of culture” of the community.
He was appointed the Centre’s interlocutor on 23 October to hold talks with all stakeholders in a bid to find a lasting peace. He will visit migrant camps in Jammu and as well as the Valley during his four-day visit to the state.
“We met Sharma in Jammu on Friday. We told him Kashmiri Pandits cannot live in their original places. They should be accommodated in clusters in Kashmir when they are brought back after normalcy returns to the Valley,” NC leader Vijay Bakaya told reporters at the township.
Bakaya, a former chief secretary in the state government and an advisor to ex-chief minister Farooq Abdullah, led the delegation.
“Living in clusters will ensure preservation of culture and traditions of the community besides giving them a sense of security,” he said.
Bakaya asked the state government to ensure a conducive atmosphere for the return of the displaced community to the Valley, saying the Kashmiri Pandits were “ready to play their role”.
A delegation of Jagti Tenement Association also met Sharma. Its president Shadi Lal Pandita raised the issue of constructing a township in the Valley and criticised the statement of the Union government that no township will be set up.
Some people at the township were angry after finding their names were not on the list of those allowed to meet Sharma. They claimed that Sharma had come to interact with the residents of Jagti Camp but the Kashmiri Pandits from non-camp areas and political parties were invited instead.
“He should have met us, the residents of Jagti instead of meeting political parties,” a Jagti resident said.