JK interlocutor Dineshwar Sharma arriving today

Srinagar: Dineshwar Sharma, the Centres special representative for Kashmir, will arrive here on Monday on a five-day visit to start the multi-layered dialogue process.

Official sources said the new interlocutor will stay in the Valley for three days while as he will spend two days in the Jammu region to start the dialogue process with various political parties, socio-cultural organisations, individuals and opinion makers.

Given the status of the Cabinet Secretary, the highest ranking civil servant in the country, Dineshwar Sharma has been accorded ‘Z’ category armed security cover.

Sources in the separatist camp here said the officials have made attempts to persuade Syed Ali Geelani, the octogenarian separatist leader, to meet the interlocutor.

“While Geelani Sahib does not oppose a dialogue process, but at the same time he is not ready to facilitate a process that is aimed at delaying rather than resolving the basic issue,” sources said.

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