Interlocutor meets Vohra, Deputy CM

Srinagar: Dineshwar Sharma, Special Representative of the Government of India for the Dialogue in Jammu and Kashmir, met Governor N.N. Vohra at the Raj Bhavan here today. Sharma is currently visiting the State and meeting representatives of different sections of society, student organizations, political parties, social and religious groups etc.

Sharma informed Governor about his talks with various individuals and groups in the Valley and the major concerns which had been voiced by those he had met on his first visit to Kashmir.

Governor suggested to Sharma that, notwithstanding any initial reservations in some groups, he must sustain the dialogue and hear one and all, particularly elements of the society who apparently held contrary convictions.

The newly appointed Centre’s interlocutor Dineshwar Sharma Thursday morning met senior Congress leader Saifuddin Soz, before leaving for his two-day visit to Jammu.

 The senior Congress leader Soz said that he had a candid talk with Sharma and conveyed to him that much has been talked and spoken about Kashmir.

“Now it is a time to hold a meaningful dialogue,” Soz said.

 The former Pradesh Congress Committee president said he told Sharma that there are several working Groups and Interlocutor reports gathering dust in the PMO, but the time has come that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should make this fresh process a meaningful one before losing any more time.

“Tell New Delhi that there is a great trust deficit between Union of India and Kashmir. So many reports have been submitted, but nothing happened. There should be a decisive talk preferably with Hurriyat and lose no time. It is New Delhi which created the trust deficit and New Delhi should restore that trust,” he said.

 Soz said he conveyed to Sharma that general amnesty be given to the boys who are in jails, even if they had picked up the gun, but have not been involved in any killing.

Meanwhile, Sharma called on Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Nirmal Singh.

 Several issues related to the state of Jammu and Kashmir were discussed in detail, an official sources said.

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