Govt official approached us for facilitating meeting with interlocutor: Hurriyat (G)

Srinagar: After Joint resistance leadership refused to hold talks with the special representative of the Union government Dineshwar Sharma, Hurriyat (G) today claimed that an official of the State government approached them for facilitating a meeting between the two.

 “A state representative, on the intervening night of November 4 and 5, expressed a desire to meet the Hurriyat chairman to facilitate his meeting with the designate interlocutor,” a Hurriyat spokesman said here.

He said that according to the Hurriyat, “forced negotiations” have no political or moral justifications.

“We reject the dialogue offer…It is mere rhetoric and wastage of time and no section of Hurriyat or any group will meet the designate interlocutor or participate in this futile exercise,” the spokesman said.

Sharma, a former chief of the Intelligence Bureau, will spend three days in the Kashmir Valley and two days in Jammu, where he will hold talks with Governor N.N. Vohra, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and various delegations, officials said.

The Joint Resistance Forum, a conglomerate of three separatist organisations — the hard line and moderate factions of the Hurriyat Conference and the JKLF — announced earlier this week that they would not meet Sharma and dubbed his appointment a “time-buying tactic” of the Centre.

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