Vohra holds out ‘olive branch’ to separatists


Jammu, The appointment of a “special representative” by the government of India to hold talks with various shades of opinion in Jammu and Kashmir is recognition of the concern for widening the constituency of peace and include even those who may have contrary ideological convictions, governor NN Vohra said on Tuesday and reiterated the need to “regain the lost trust and negate the misgivings in certain sections of the society.”
Seeking involvement of all sections of the society in the dialogue process, the governor said that the government appeals to all those who had earlier “refused” to be part of the peace process to come forward and accept the special representative’s offer for engaging in dialogue.Pertinently, the joint resistance leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik categorically refused to be a part of parleys with the “special representative” for a dialogue in Kashmir Dineshwar Sharma, calling it a “futile exercise.”
In his address to joint sitting of lawmakers on opening day of the budget session of the legislature here, Vohra said that the initiative (interlocutor’s appointment) is “in tune with the Prime Minister’s Independence Day address, reflecting his concern and empathy for the people of Jammu and Kashmir.”
“The government is hopeful that, soon enough, all segments shall come forward for a dialogue and all issues would find resolution. The challenges will be met only through dialogue, which is the best means of resolving all disagreements,” he said.