Sharma to start Kashmir peace dialogue today

Centre-appointed interlocutor Dineshwar Sharma will visit Srinagar to engage all Kashmiris, including political leaders, in a sustained dialogue process to find a resolution to the Kashmir conflict.

Sharma would stay in the valley for four days and has already sent invitation to several mainstream politicians, including CPM state secretary MY Mohammed Yousuf Tarigami, National Conference president Farooq Abdullah, Jammu & Kashmir Democratic Party Nationalist chairman Ghulam Hassan Mir and independent MLA from Budgam, Hakeem Yasin.

Several youth organisations have sought an appointment with Sharma.

The Hurriyat Conference, however, has refused to accept Sharma's invitations, claiming that the central government refuses to acknowledge Kashmir as a dispute. Sharma, who was given cabinet secretary's rank, would get Z security cover in the valley. He is the first official interlocutor, who was given cabinet secretary status.

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