Kashmir interlocutor Dineshwar Sharma on six-day visit to Valley, will meet Kashmiri Pandits in Nagrota
Dineshwar Sharma, the Centre's Special Representative on Jammu and Kashmir, will arrive in Jammu on Friday on a six-day visit to the state
Jammu: Dineshwar Sharma, the Centre's Special Representative on Jammu and Kashmir, will arrive in Jammu on Friday on a six-day visit to the state in an effort to pave the way for a sustained dialogue to resolve the Kashmir issue.
Sharma will remain in Jammu till Sunday after which he will leave for the Kashmir Valley, officials told IANS.
"The Special Representative is scheduled to visit the Jagti migrant camp in Nagrota area to interact with the members of the Kashmiri Pandit community.
"Sharma will have detailed discussions with the migrants to understand their problems and also explore ways and means for a dignified return of the community to the valley," the officials said.
He will also meet residents living along the International Border and the Line of Control (LoC).
Sharma is slated to meet representatives of West Pakistan refugees who came to Jammu from Pakistan in 1947, 1965 and 1971.
These people have limited citizenship rights in Jammu and Kashmir. They can vote in the Lok Sabha elections, but are debarred from voting in the state Assembly elections.
They cannot own property neither can they apply for a government job.
Sharma is scheduled to visit south Kashmir districts.
The encounter had started late on Sunday night as the security forces launched a cordon and search operation in the area following information about the presence of at least three militants
Meanwhile, an official order in this regard stated that all government and recognised private schools up to Class 12 that fall in the Jammu division (summer zone) will observe summer vacation from 8 to 25 June as per past practice
News18 quoted sources privy to the developments as saying that the region will be granted statehood soon as promised in the past by the Centre, however, there will be no talks on restoring its special constitutional position