Need to embrace Kashmiris and ensure peace: Dineshwar Sharma
It is a big responsibility for me and I have to live up to the expectations, former Intelligence Bureau director, Dineshwar Sharma said after he was appointed as the representative for a sustained dialogue in Jammu and Kashmir.
"The government has decided to start a sustained dialogue in Jammu and Kashmir.
Former IB director Dineshwar Sharma will be Government of India's representative. Rank of Dineshwar Sharma will be equivalent to that of a Cabinet Secretary," Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh said at a press conference in New Delhi.
Sharma took time off to speak to OneIndia, about how he plans to go about the issue.
Peace is a priority he said while adding that all modalities would be worked out. On being asked whether he would speak with the separatists in the Valley, Sharma informed that he would like to talk to everyone. I will speak to all who want to restore peace in the Valley he said.
Peace is a priority and all doors are open to everyone, he further added. On being asked if he would manage to restore peace, the former IB boss said that he hoped to live up to the expectations and it is a big responsibility he is shouldering.
For me the rank does not matter. What matters is that peace has to be restored at any cost. That would be my priority Sharma also said. In Kashmir, we need to find a permanent solution, he also said.
Explaining the way forward in Kashmir, Sharma said that he would be there in another 8 to ten days. The first step would be to assess the situation in the state. Following this, we will think of how things can be taken forward.
We have to work towards the goal. We need to embrace Kashmiris and ensure that there is lasting peace in the Valley, Sharma also said.