November 2017 News

Sharma Arrives In Jammu As Freeze With Separatists Stays

9 November 2017
The Tribune (Chandigarh)

Jammu: The Centre's interlocutor on Jammu and Kashmir, Dineshwar Sharma, is yet to make a breakthrough in engaging the Hurriyat Conference, which is crucial to making the dialogue a success. Sharma, who reached Jammu today on the second leg of his five-day tour to the state, replied in the negative when asked whether he had been successful in reaching out to the Hurriyat Conference. Dineshwar Sharma met Governor NN Vohra at Raj Bhawan here in the evening. He informed the Governor about his talks with various individuals and groups in the Valley and the major concerns voiced by those he had met on his first visit to Kashmir. The Governor suggested to Sharma that he must sustain the dialogue and hear one and all, particularly elements of society who apparently held contrary convictions. Earlier, Sharma met Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti at her residence. Mehbooba told him that he should talk to all stakeholders, including Hurriyat Conference leaders, to make the dialogue credible. The interlocutor had told the media in Srinagar on Wednesday: 'I will try my best to meet Hurriyat people.' He has been making efforts even before he landed in Srinagar on Monday to bring the separatist leaders on board, but his efforts have not yielded any positive result so far. On Friday, Sharma is scheduled to meet 26 delegations in Jammu. After reaching Jammu around 4 pm, Sharma had a meeting with a delegation of the BJP. Director General of Police SP Vaid also met him. 'We told him that there should be no injustice with any region and everybody's views must be entertained,' said BJP leader Sat Sharma.