Representative for JK open to talks with Hurriyat: Official

New Delhi: The special representative appointed for holding a sustained dialogue in Jammu and Kashmir is open for talks with the Hurriyat Conference with an effort to bring a lasting peace in the troubled state, a senior government official said.
Earlier this week, the Centre appointed former Intelligence Bureau director Dineshwar Sharma as its special representative to initiate dialogue with all stakeholders in Jammu and Kashmir.
“While insinuations have been made to the effect that the central government was not willing to engage with so-called real stakeholders (read separatists), it is factually incorrect,” the official said on the condition of anonymity.
The central government has been maintaining that it was willing to talk to everybody provided the other side also exhibited willingness and came forward for talks.
This was reiterated recently by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to various delegations, that came to meet him, when he visited Jammu and Kashmir last month.
The official also pointed at unsuccessful attempts of an all-party delegation, which visited the state last year, to meet Hurriyat faction led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani.
The pro-Pakistan leader had refused to open doors to the members of the delegation. PTI