Srinagar, November 6: The central government’s interlocutor for Kashmir Dineshwar Sharma on Monday reached valley for a five-day visit. During this five day visit, Dineshwar Sharma who is a former chief of the Intelligence Bureau will hold talks with various stakeholders to bring peace and security in the valley.
Notably, Dineshwar Sharma will spend three days in the Kashmir Valley and two days in Jammu, where he will hold talks with Governor N N Vohra, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and various delegations. In Srinagar, he is expected to meet various political leaders, student groups and youths.
However, before arriving at the valley, Dineshwar Sharma said that he would like to counter false sloganeering and propaganda available online and ensure that youths and all students become a very important part of the peace process. Talking to media in New Delhi, he said, "I do not have a magic wand but my efforts have to be judged with sincerity and not through the prism of the past." "I would like to be judged by my actions," he concluded.
However, the separatists have rejected all talks with Sharma, calling his appointment a time-buying tactic "adopted under international pressure and regional compulsions". Earlier, Home Minister Rajnath Singh in the month of October said that the central government has decided to start a sustained dialogue in Jammu and Kashmir, with former Intelligence Bureau director Dineshwar Sharma appointed as the Centre’s representative.
Dineshwar Sharma, a Bihar-born, Kerala-cadre Indian Police Service officer of the 1979 batch was the chief of the Intelligence Bureau. Sharma has a wide range of experience from handling separatism and insurgencies to domestic and regional politics. He has also served in a wide variety of command and staff positions in various Police, Paramilitary and Intelligence agencies.