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Centre’s spl rep calls on CM; meets delegations

Centre’s special representative for Kashmir Dineshwar Sharma today called on Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and discussed emerging geopolitical developments in the region, an official spokesman said.

Sharma arrived here on Tuesday and met Governor N N Vohra at the Raj Bhawan. He briefed the Governor about his visits to the state and the viewpoints put forth to him by different sections of the society in view of prevailing situation in the state.

This is Sharma’s third visit to the state since he was appointed interlocutor for Jammu and Kashmir in October. Days ahead of his formal appointment to the position, Home Minister Rajnath Singh had said Sharma’s appointment would carry forward a “sustained dialogue” with all stakeholders in the state.

A former director of the Intelligence Bureau (IB), Sharma is an old Kashmir hand in India’s internal intelligence agency.

After his previous visits, Sharma had suggested release of first time stone-pelters following which Mehbooba Mufti headed government initiated the process.

During the meeting today, Sharma informed Mufti about his ongoing four-day visit to Jammu, the spokesman said.

They discussed the emerging geopolitical developments in the region since Sharma’s last visit to the state, he added.

Two separate cross-party delegations of MLAs and MLCs also met Sharma earlier today. Several delegations, including that of displaced Kashmiri Pandits, Gujjars, refugees from Pakistan-administered-Kashmir, people from border areas, Jammu Muslim Front and Kargil War porters, Jammu Heritage Society, All J&K Scheduled Caste Welfare Society, International Human Rights Organisation, J&K Drama Artists Association, Jammu, Jammu West Assembly Movement, All J&K Contractual Lecturers Forum, Railway Doctors Association Jammu, All J&K Home Guards Welfare Association, National Mazdoor Conference, Shrimoni Akali Dal (Amritsar)) besides two individuals also met Sharma.

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