Interlocutor Sharma visits Kupwara

Interlocutor Sharma visits Kupwara

 

Srinagar, Dec 25: Centre-appointed interlocutor Dineshwar Sharma began his third round of talks in Kashmir, where he had held talks with over 60 delegations, including students, civil societies and political workers during first two visits.
During the second round Sharma, former Intelligence Bureau (IB) chief met delegations in south Kashmir.
However, separatists, traders and other unions stayed away.
Immediately after his arrival here on Monday he went to frontier Kashmir district of Kupwara, where he is expected to meet delegations, amid tight security.
This is Sharma’s third visit to the Valley after being appointed as an interlocutor for Kashmir by the Centre to initiate a meaningful dialogue process with all stakeholders. The state government has already withdrawn cases of hundreds of first time stone-pelters in Kashmir valley followed recommendations by the centre.
Official sources said that security forces have been deployed in strength in the entire Kupwara district, particularly the main town, to prevent any militant attack or protests.
A number of delegations from across the district are lined up at Dak Bungalow Kupwara to interact with Sharma, who is a former Intelligence Bureau (IB) chief.
They said the roads leading to Dak Bungalow Kupwara have been sealed with barbed wires and by parking police vehicles. “Only people who have valid passes to meet the interlocutor were being allowed to go towards the Dak Bungalow, to meet Sharma,” they added.
However, media was kept away from the venue as journalist, representing different organizations, were not allowed near the venue.
The interlocutor had during his maiden visit to the valley early in November said that he will try his level best to bring separatists onboard. However, the interlocutor could not make any headway as most of the trade unions and civil society leaders and separatists stayed away.
But, days before his second visit to the valley, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti announced withdrawal of cases against first-time stone-pelters or offenders in the Kashmir valley. The development came after the Centre advised Jammu and Kashmir government to withdraw cases against about 4,500 youth, who are first-time offenders or stone-pelters. The advice was given by the Centre on the recommendations of Sharma, who is trying to woo the people to initiate a dialogue process.
Sharma during his second visit met various delegations in twin south Kashmir districts of Pulwama, Anantnag and Srinagar from November 26 to November 27. The interlocutor also met a number of delegations besides Governor N N Vohra and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti at winter capital, Jammu on November 24 and November 25.