Interlocutor Sharma to arrive in Srinagar today on a five day visit to J&K


Dineshwar Sharma, the Centres special representative for Kashmir, will arrive here on Monday on a five-day visit.

Reports said the new interlocutor will stay in the Valley for three days and will travel to Jammu to spend two days there to start a “dialogue process” with various political parties, socio-cultural organisations, individuals and opinion makers.

Sharma has been accorded ‘Z’ category armed security cover.

On Sunday, Hurriyat led by octogenarian Patriarch Syed Ali Geelani said that some officials have made attempts to persuade Syed Ali Geelani 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,” the statement said.

The joint resistance leaders including Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik, have already dismissed any possibility of a dialogue with the interlocutor.

Former Chief Minister and National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah said on Sunday he does not expect much from the process being started by appointing a new interlocutor.

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