Ex-IB chief to initiate talks with all J&K stakeholders

The initiative was taken as per Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Independence Day address, says Rajnath Singh.

Former director of the Intelligence Bureau (IB) Dineshwar Sharma wIll be the Central representative to initiate dialogue with all stakeholders in Jammu and Kashmir, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Monday.

At a hurriedly-convened press conference, Mr. Singh said the initiative was taken as per Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Independence Day address.

Mr. Sharma, a 1979-batch (retired) officer of the Indian Police Service, served as the IB director between December 2014 and 2016.

Mr. Sharma would decide whom he wants to hold talks with, Mr. Singh said when asked whether he would have dialogue with the Hurriyat Conference.

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