Met Dineshwar Sharma, discussed Kashmir issue: Omar Abdullah

Henrietta Brewer
November 8, 2017

Sharma on Wednesday called on Congress delegation led by party leader Ghulam Ahmad Mir.

It was Sharma's first meeting with a key political leader of the State during his three-day stay in the visit.

Sharma also met CPM leader M Y Tarigami, who represents south Kashmir's Kulgam constituency in the assembly.

Later, Tarigami, Yasin and Mir addressed a joint press conference and said Kashmir needs a lasting solution, which is possible only through credible and meaningful dialogue with all stakeholders. And any matter can be resolved through talks.

But Sharma instead of waiting for the NC leaders to come to meet him chose to drive to the party working president and former Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah's, residence at Srinagar's posh Gupkar Road to know his views on the issues confronting the State.

"I will try my best (to meet Hurriyat leaders)", Sharma told reporters when asked whether he will "walk the extra mile to talk to them". He told me about the responsibilities he is dealing with as the new interlocutor.

Omar Abdullah wrote on Twitter, "We discussed the prevailing situation in the state as also steps that can be taken to make his visits to the state more meaningful".

"The hurdles created by the statements of Center should be stopped so that he can wok freely, we hope more people will meet him next time", he added.

"He also asked how he can make his mission fruitful. I hope he will act on my suggestions", the NC leader said.

Addressing a joint press conference with Hakim Yaseen, leader of the Peoples Democratic Front (PDF), and Ghulam Hassan Mir, leader of the Democratic Party Nationalist (DPN), after they met Sharma, Tarigami said peace can not be made a pre-condition for a dialogue process.

Earlier in the day, the former chief minister tweeted, "Mr Dineshawar Sharma & I met at my residence in Srinagar this morning".

Speaking to the media after the meeting MY Tarigami said, "we have to take serious steps, we have seen massive unrest in Kashmir especially in 2016, many were killed and arrested, it's not law and order issue, it's uncertainty of political instability we can't do it with power but by talks".

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