Congress sceptical, BJP hails decision
KG News Desk
Srinagar, Oct 23: The Government of India’s announcement of appointing former Intelligence Bureau director Dineshwar Sharma as its representative to initiate a “sustained dialogue” to find a solution to Kashmir issue on Monday evoked mixed response from opposition and ruling mainstreams parties.
Opposition National Conference (NC) leader Omar Abdullah termed Center’s offer “as the acceptance of the political nature of the Kashmir issue” which he said is a resounding defeat of those who could only see the use of force as a solution.
However, while referring to Rajanth’s statement that Sharma would try to understand the legitimate aspirations of the people of the state, Omar sought to know who would define which of the demands are genuine. “The ‘legitimate aspirations’ of people of J&K is an interesting formulation. Who gets to decide what is legitimate?” he tweeted.
Omar also sought to know the fate of the probe into terror funding cases. “What does this mean for the NIA investigation in J&K? Will the investigation be suspended to facilitate dialogue with detained Hurriyat leaders?” he asked.
State Congress President G A Mir said that the party won’t welcome the development till the Centre clarifies who the stakeholders are and what will the roadmap for dialogue.
 “This (appointing interlocutor on Kashmir) is another jumla (sentence) from the BJP.
Government of India has not defined the stakeholders in Jammu and Kashmir even though their ‘Agenda of Alliance’ with the PDP promises dialogue with all stakeholders, including Hurriyat,” Mir told Deccan Herald.
 “Till there is no result-oriented dialogue, a fully explained list of the stakeholders and a clear roadmap about the dialogue process, Congress will keep its fingers crossed and won’t welcome the announcement,” he added.
BJP leader and deputy Chief Minister, Nirmal Singh hailed the initiative to appoint Sharma as interlocutor.