New Delhi, Oct 23: In a sudden shift of its tough stand, the government on Monday said it would start talks on Jammu and Kashmir with all parties, including separatists,. He appointed former intelligence chief Dineshwar Sharma as its points- man for the troubled state.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the move was to carry forward the “the conviction and consistency” in the government’s Kashmir policy. “We have decided that a sustained dialogue process should begin in Jammu and Kashmir.”
The Minister further said; “ Sharma as a representative of the government of India will initiate a sustained interaction and dialogue to understand legitimate aspirations of people in Jammu and Kashmir. He will meet elected representatives, political parties, different organisations and individuals he wants to.”
“People told us that the dialogue process should be started. We are doing this,” Rajnath Singh said and recalled the Prime Minister’s August 15 speech saying “neither by bullet, nor by abuses but by embracing the people we can solve the problems in Jammu and Kashmir”.
He said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had talked to all political parties as to what could be done to find a solution to the Kashmir problem.