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Will meet Hurriyat leaders during next visit: Dineshwar Sharma

Will meet Hurriyat leaders during next visit: Dineshwar Sharma
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Jammu and Kashmir interlocutor Dineshwar Sharma, who wound up his maiden visit to the Valley on Thursday said that he is satisfied with the outcome and will meet the leaders of the separatist All Parties Hurriyat Conference on his next visit in the last week of November.

During his four-day visit to Kashmir,  the Centre’s newly-appointed special representative to the terrorist-infested state met various delegations and political leaders which included former chief minister Omar Abdullah, state Congress chief GA Mir and CPM leaders.

Dineshwar Sharma told Firstpost on Thursday that on his next visit, he will talk to the Kashmiri youth in order to understand and resolve their problems.

“I have full faith in the people and youth of Kashmir. I think they will bring about change that is needed here,” Dineshwar Sharma was quoted as saying by Firstpost at the house of state Congress chief Ghulam Ahmad Mir, who met him at Friends Colony near Srinagar Airport.

Firstpost quoted sources as saying that most of the people who met the interlocutor over the last three days had expressed concern over news channels trying to vitiate the atmosphere in the Valley and creating an atmosphere of hatred towards Kashmiris outside the state.

The former Intelligence Bureau director arrived in Jammu yesterday for holding consultations with various groups and political parties.

He called on state governor NN Vohra and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and discussed ways and means for reaching out to various stake-holders in the state, officials told PTI.

The officials dubbed the meetings as courtesy calls. He then met a BJP delegation led by state president Sat Sharma.

“Our party representatives had sought an audience with him in Srinagar, but he told them that he will be meeting the party leaders in Jammu,” the BJP state chief said, adding, “We will discuss with him the situation prevailing in both the Valley and Jammu region.”

He will meet various delegations and NGOs tomorrow before returning to the national capital on Saturday.

Dineshwar Sharma was named Centre’s interlocutor for Kashmir on October 23.

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