Omar Abdullah meets Interlocutor Dineshwar Sharma in Srinagar

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Jammu-Kashmir interlocutor Dineshwar Sharma meets Omar Abdullah

However, well known trade and business bodies stayed away from meeting him. "We discussed the prevailing situation in the state as also steps that can be taken to make his visits to the state more meaningful", tweeted Omar. I wish that peace returns to Kashmir.

A Congress delegation led by state president Ghulam Ahmad Mir also met Sharma today. He told me about the responsibilities he is dealing with as the new interlocutor.

The former Intelligence Bureau director is spending three days in the Valley and will be travelling to Jammu on Thursday where he is slated to hold talks with Governor N N Vohra, CM Mufti and other delegates.

He added that Sharma asked for his suggestions to guide him through.

"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". "I hope he will act on my suggestions", the NC leader said.

Commenting on his meeting with Sharma, Parra said: "This is a meaningful dialogue process because the Central government has owned and institutionalized this process".

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He, however, said that he told Sharma that he should not sit in guest house and wait for people to come to meet him, he should expand his area of operation.

He said they want that Kashmir issue should be resolved through dialogue so that people can live in peace and tranquillity.

"In order to create a conducive atmosphere for the new initiative, Prime Minister should assure that Article 370 and Article 35-A will be safeguarded, cases of arrested political leaders be reviewed for their release, police cases against youth be withdrawn and harassment of youth stopped", they said.

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

The PDP leader said that the Centre "should do everything possible to gain the confidence of the people and stakeholders in order to sustain the process of dialogue till every stakeholder is willingly engaged".

Among the 32 delegations Sharma met on Tuesday were the J&K Media Association, J&K Small and Medium Newspaper Association, Voice of Youth and the All Parties Sikh Co-ordination Committee.

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