J&K interlocutor must engage with separatists: Experts

Air Vice Marshal (Retd) Kapil Kak asked why the government or the interlocutor had not opened communication channels with the separatists yet.

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New Delhi, Publish Date: Nov 19 2017 12:13AM | Updated Date: Nov 19 2017 12:13AM
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Experts today said the Centre's special representative for Kashmir, Dineshwar Sharma, must engage in a dialogue with separatists in the Kashmir Valley.

Last month, the government had appointed the former Intelligence Bureau chief as its special representative for a "sustained dialogue" with all stakeholders in Jammu and Kashmir.

"My plea to the interlocutor will be to reach out to all sections. The point is that he (Sharma) must reach out and I would plead there must be a response (from the Hurriyat leadership)," Wajahat Habibullah, a former IAS officer of the Jammu and Kashmir cadre, said at an event today.

Air Vice Marshal (Retd) Kapil Kak asked why the government or the interlocutor had not opened communication channels with the separatists yet.

"There is no communication with the All Party Hurriyat Conference either from the Centre or the interlocutor. The government should be more sincere. I don't see a mandate (for the dialogue process), don't see a timeframe by when there should be a report," Kak said.

They were speaking at an event organised by Congress leader Salman Khurshid's Hind Bhartiyam Foundation.

"The problem of Kashmir is intrinsically linked to the idea of India and if we can't ensure that a resolution is found for Jammu and Kashmir then the idea of India will be imperilled and irretrievably challenged," Khurshid said.

Habibullah, however, said by appointing yet another interlocutor the government was "moving in circles".

Sharma is the fourth interlocutor appointed by the Centre since 2002.