Dineshwar Sharma arriving in Jammu today to visit migrant camps

The Centre’s special representative Dineshwar Sharma will be in Jammu and Kashmir tomorrow for his second visit to the state during which he will visit migrant camps in Jammu as well as epicentres of unrest in the Valley.
Sharma, who visited Srinagar and Jammu earlier this month, will be in the state for four days, spending two days in Jammu before going to Kashmir, officials said.
In Jammu, he will visit camps of migrants from Kashmir as well as those displaced from border villages following shelling from Pakistan. In Kashmir, he will visit the “ground zero” of unrest in south Kashmir’s Pulwama and Anantnag districts, they said.
Sharma was appointed the Centre’s interlocutor on October 23 to hold talks with all stakeholders in an effort to find lasting peace.
He has already initiated a slew of measures, including withdrawal of cases against first-time stone throwers and improving the power situation in the Valley, officials said. Giving details of his Jammu visit, they said he would interact with Kashmiri Pandit families at the camps.
Around 60,000 Kashmiri Pandit families migrated in 1990 after the onset of militancy. Of these, 39,000 families based themselves in various camps in Jammu.
Sharma will also meet people who came from West Pakistan immediately after the Partition in 1947 and settled in Jammu. There are nearly three lakh such people.
Besides, he will visit camps housing those displaced from their homes in border villages to understand their plight and ensure that they are properly rehabilitated.
The high point of his visit, officials said, would be his interaction with youth and students in Pulwama and Anantnag. The districts were the epicentre of unrest following the death of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani on July 8 last year.
Pulwama also earned the notorious distinction of being the nerve centre of militancy with anti-insurgency operations being launched on a war footing in the area.
After his first visit to the Valley, Sharma had suggested that cases against 4,500 youth involved in stone-throwing for the first time be dropped in a bid to win hearts.

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