BJP-PDP expect 'good results' from Dineshwar Sharma's visit, Separatists scorn
With Union Government's special representative Dineshwar Sharma set to begin talks to resolve the Kashmir issue on Monday, the ruling BJP-PDP coalition in the state welcomed the move while the Separatists remained apprehensive.
Sharma had earlier said that he is open to meeting with the political leadership and other prominent voices in the Valley in a bid to ensure that peace returns in the state.
"This is a very sincere effort and should be seen as a very serious move by the Government of India," news agency ANI quoted senior PDP leader and Jammu and Kashmir Minister Naeem Akhtar as saying.
"He is an experienced person and we expect good results out of the process," said Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh.
Kashmiri separatists have already made it clear that they are not keen on engaging with the former IPS officer from the Kerala cadre.
"We outrightly reject the role of an interlocutor in resolving the Kashmir issue," Separatist leader Hilal War told ANI.
According to reports, Sharma will be in Kashmir for three days and would head for a two day visit to Jammu region.
Hardline Hurriyat Conference led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Sunday rejected to offer to talk to Centre's special representative.
Meanwhile, Sharma has maintained that he did not have a magic wand, but wanted to be judged by his actions when he starts the process.
He said that no one should jump to conclusions before the process of talks with various stakeholders in Kashmir begins.