April 2002 News

PMO official on Kashmir mission

26 April 2002
The Statesman

Jammu: Mr Amarjit Singh Dullat, senior functionary in the PMO, is in Srinagar to meet Kashmiri separatist leaders and persuade them to participate in the Assembly polls. Sources said Mr Dullat was scheduled to meet senior separatist leaders in Gulmarg today. Yesterday he had a two-hour long meeting with a Hurriyat executive committee member. Mr Dullat, who was in J&K as the deputy director, IB, in 1990, is also tipped to be the next Governor of the state. After retiring as the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) chief, he was appointed the Officer-on-Special Duty in the Prime Minister’s Office. J&K Governor Mr Girish Chander Saxena is also a former RAW chief. While Mr Dullat is considered a political expert, Mr Saxena’s role in evolving strategies to counter insurgency operations has been widely appreciated. Mr Dullat reportedly has very good relations with all separatist leaders. Hence, his Kashmir visit and the decision to appoint him the next Governor seem to be inter-linked. Nine ultras shot in Kashmir: Security forces killed nine militants during a raid on their hideout in Kupwara today, a defence spokesman said, adds PTI from Srinagar. Bodies of the militants have been recovered and are being identified, the spokesman said. More sops for J&K tourism: The Jammu and Kashmir Cabinet has extended the package of incentives, sanctioned in April 1995, for the state’s tourism for another six years starting 31 December 2000, adds SNS from Srinagar. The Cabinet, at a meeting with Dr Farooq Abdullah, modified the package for revival of tourism in the Valley in view of continued setbacks.


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