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Narayanan reviews J&K situation

Shujaat Bukhari

Track-II process under way; talks with Amarnath Samiti likely today

SRINAGAR: National Security Adviser M.K. Narayanan on Wednesday reviewed the security and political situation in Jammu and Kashmir at a high level meeting with Governor N.N. Vohra and his advisers. The government has also pushed Track-II activists into an informal dialogue process with the separatists in Kashmir even as a four-member panel is likely to begin talks with the Shri Amarnath Sangarsh Samiti on Thursday.

Mr. Narayanan, accompanied by a high level team which included Director of the Intelligence Bureau P.C. Haldar and others, had elaborate talks with Mr. Vohra, his advisers H.H. Tayabji, S.S. Belorea, C. Phonsog, Chief Secretary S.S. Kapur, Director-General of Police Kuldip Khoda, Corps Commander Lt. Gen. Mukesh Sabharwal and other top officials. He was briefed by State officials about the recent developments which followed the Muzaffarabad march on August 11 during which senior separatist leader Sheikh Aziz and others were killed.

Top sources deliberated upon the new developments on the political front with particular reference to a march to the United Nations office here on Monday in which lakhs of people participated.

The meeting reviewed the situation in Jammu and the NSA was told of the Sangarsh Samiti’s announcement to enter into a dialogue. The options to be put before the Samiti were also discussed. A top State official who hails from Jammu rushed there to do the ground work for a fruitful dialogue. The Governor has nominated a four-member panel, comprising his Adviser S.S. Belorea, Justice (retd.) G.D. Sharma, Amitabh Mattoo, Vice-Chancellor of Jammu University, and CEO of Shri Amarnath Shrine Board B.B. Vyas.

Meanwhile, the efforts to reach out to the separatists on the current crisis have begun. A top women peace activist who is involved in the peace initiative in Kashmir arrived here on Wednesday. Sources said she had consulted top officials in Delhi and was now trying to get in touch with Hurriyat leaders to break the deadlock and find a middle ground for entering into negotiations with the Central government. The Track-II process is aimed at addressing the immediate concerns of the separatists in the backdrop of the “economic blockade” and the threat to the drivers and traders in view of tension in Jammu.

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