13 non-political delegations meet interlocutor Sharma on day one

The former IB Chief will be meeting around 60 delegations during his stay

Srinagar: Government of India’s interlocutor Dineshwar Sharma on Monday reached Srinagar on his four day visit.

During the visit, Sharma, the former IB Chief, will be meeting around 60 delegations.

Sources told KNS, that on the first day around 13 delegations, which were all non-political, met him and put forth their views.

Among those who met Sharma include the Youth Sports Forum Qamarwari, City FM owner Tariq Bhat, Students Association Pattan, Youth Sports Fraternity led by Mughammad Yousuf, Gujar Association led by Muhammad Yousuf Poswal, Peace Forum Ganderbal led by Peer Yousuf, Shikara Association and Youth Forum Kupwara.

It may be mentioned that Hurriyat Conference, considered a key stakeholder, has refused to be the part of the dialogue process calling it a “futile exercise”.

Main Opposition party National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah has termed Sharma’s appointment as a waste of time.

Sharma was accorded ‘Z’ category armed security cover which means he would be secured by commandos of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) whenever he travels to any part of the country. The CRPF has a special unit that provides armed VIP security to about 70 dignitaries at present.

Sharma, an old Kashmir hand in the country’s internal intelligence agency, enjoys the rank and status of a cabinet secretary. Union Home minister Rajnath Singh had said that Sharma would decide whom to engage with for a resolution of the Kashmir issue.

(With inputs from KNS)

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