Kashmir interlocutor calls on governor NN Vohra,
The central government’s newly appointed representative for holding a sustained dialogue in Jammu and Kashmir called on the state’s governor NN Vohra on Sunday and discussed the broad parameters of the proposed talks with stakeholders.
The one-hour meeting that took place at the Kashmir House in New Delhi comes days after the Centre announced the appointment of Dineshwar Sharma as its special representative to initiate dialogue, in a fresh move aimed at bringing peace to the troubled state.
After the meeting, a release issued by the Raj Bhavan said the governor briefed Sharma “in great detail about the environment and the expectations and hopes of the political parties and the people at large from the ensuing dialogue”.
“The Governor assured him of all help, as he may require, in carrying through his task, and wished him high success in his endeavour,” the statement said.
Vohra, an experienced hand in handling the Kashmir issue, has been the governor of the state since 2008. In early 2000s he was appointed by the then Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led government as an interlocutor for talks on Kashmir.
On October 26, Sharma, a former director of Intelligence Bureau, had met state chief minister Mehbooba Mufti and discussed the Kashmir issue with her. Sharma, an old Kashmir hand in the country’s internal intelligence agency, enjoys the rank and status of a cabinet secretary.
Home minister Rajnath Singh has already made it clear that Sharma would decide whom to engage with for a resolution of the Kashmir issue.
Meanwhile, opposition National Conference (NC) party’s president Farooq Abdullah said if the Centre wanted to win the hearts of the people of Kashmir, it should restore the autonomy to the state.
“If we talk about the conditions of the accession and autonomy today, should we be labelled as traitors and anti-nationals? Is this the gift of our loyalty? We acceded to you (India) with love, but you did not understand our love and took away all that we had. Then you ask, why we do not embrace you.
“Remember this, Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh will not embrace you till you do not try to win the hearts of the people. And if you want to win our hearts, then return our autonomy to us,” he said in Srinagar, addressing a delegates’ session of his party at the Sher-e-Kashmir cricket stadium.