Early Times Report
JAMMU, Oct 25: The newly appointed interlocutor on Kashmir, Dineshwar Sharma, is likely to meet the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti next week to start the dialogue process in Kashmir Valley.
Sharma, according to sources, has been briefed about his mandate by the Home Minister Rajnath Singh with whom he had wide ranging talks, and his next first stop would be Srinagar.
"The ex-IB chief will meet Mehbooba in Srinagar before the Durbar moves back to Jammu. Dates are being finalised and the schedule is to be announced shortly. He wants to meet the CM in Srinagar itself as it carries a huge political connotations," said sources.
The CM, as reported earlier, has had a huge hand in the finalisation of the name of Dineshwar Sharma for this crucial appointment. Even though the CM had been briefed about him and she had also got his credentials checked, the scheduled meeting will their first interaction with her.
"The CM is likely to brief him about the stand of the government, how the things have progressed and how the party (PDP) has been affected recently, and what is the way forward. She will also suggest measures and steps to be incorporated in the report which he is likely to submit and share with the Centre and the state government," said a top official.
Sources said the state police and the intelligence agencies have been tasked to prepare a detail brief of the situation which will be submitted to the new interlocutor.
"There is also strong possibility that the may also have first direct meeting with Sajjad Lone to get the hang of the prevailing situation in the Valley and to get inputs about how to move forward," said the sources.
They said that Lone has been tipped about the possible meeting and he has given consent for the same.