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India initiates talks for peace in Jammu-Kashmir
RESMI SIVARAM October 24, 2017
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NEW DELHI: In a historic decision that shelves the policy of resorting to extreme force to fix problems in Jammu-Kashmir, the government of India announced on Monday that it is starting “sustained dialogue” with “all stakeholders” in the state to find a peaceful solution.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said addressing a hurriedly-convened media interaction that Dineshwar Sharma, a 1967 Kerala cadre Indian

Police Service officer who retired last year as Intelligence Bureau director, will lead the dialogue and will have the status of a cabinet secretary. “Sharma will virtually have a blank cheque. The outreach process will begin soon, with a special focus on the youth of Kashmir. The government representative, Dineshwar Sharma, will have all the rights to engage whatever parties he wishes to,” Singh said.

Asked if Sharma will talk to the Hurriyat also, Singh made it clear that the government is going to engage all political parties and stakeholders to ensure that peace is restored in the Valley.

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