Congress to meet interlocutor Sharma on Wednesday

Srinagar

While the resistance leadership has made their stand public about not meeting the Centre’s special representative Dineshwar Sharma, opposition congress has decided to meet him in the second half of the day on Weddnesday.

“We have been invited for talks. We will definitely meet him (Sharma) probably in the second half of Wednesday”, Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress President G A Mir told Kashmir Wire here.

He said his party is organizing a “black day” tomorrow throughout the country on the first anniversary of demonetization. “We will be busy tomorrow. (In connection with black day). But As Sharma is leaving for Jammu on November 9, we have left with no option but to meet him tomorrow itself. . We will definitely meet him in the second half of Wednesday.”

Another congress stalwart and former minister Taj Mohiuddin, however, said his party would welcome the steps aimed at resolving the issue and including all stakeholders including Hurriyat conference in the negotiations “The talks should be held without any pre-condition. What is the fun of talking to the people who have no problem? The stand of the congress is well known to the world. We will come forward if the talks are held with all stakeholders including separatists.

However, the main opposition National conference kept Sharma as guessing whether they will meet him or not.

“We have not been formally invited yet and our leadership is away on a tour of frontier region of Kupwara for the last five days. We have not yet taken a decision about meeting him (Dineshwar sharma)”, National conference general secretary Ali Mohammad Sagar told Kashmir Wire.

He said his party has not taken a decision yet. The president of the party Dr Farooq Abdullah is scheduled to return here this evening.” We will meet and take a decision (regarding meeting or not meeting Sharma)”.

Three prominent Kashmiri leaders – M Y Tarigami, MLA and state secretary of CPI(M), Hakeem Mohammad Yaseen, MLA from khansahib constituency of Budgam district and democratic nationalist party chief Ghulam Hassan Mir are expected to meet Sharma tomorrow.

Joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Mohammad Yaseen Malik has refused to meet Sharma saying “meeting Sharma is a futile exercise like his predecessors”.

Sharma arrived here yesterday to meet political, social, trade and other leaders to know their view point AS TO how to resolve Kashmir issue.

Meanwhile, a number of delegations called on him on the second day of his week-long visit to Jammu and Kashmir. Nearly 30 delegations and individuals met Sharma till this evening, officials said.

On the opening day, only eight delegations met him at Hari Niwas guest house on the banks of Dal Lake yesterday.

The state government has roped in as many as 50 delegations of different political, social and trade organisations to meet sharma in the next two days. He will be in Jammu, winter capital of the state, for two days.from November 9.(Kashmir Wire ).

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