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An uneasy calm prevailed in Kashmir this year and law and order situation remained mainly under ‘control’ after over five-month long unrest and violent street protests last year.
The government has recently released three separatist leaders including a woman Asiya Andrabi from jails and NIA reportedly withdrew summon to younger son of separatist leader Geelani.
The Centre's special envoy on Kashmir, Dineshwar Sharma, visited north Kashmir's Baramulla district today and met a cross-section of people, officials said.
Jammu and Kashmir Forest Minister Lal Singh today said the central government is making efforts to restore normalcy in the state and anyone can talk to the Centre's special representative.
Local journalists said authorities did not allow them to enter the Dak Bungalow where Sharma's meetings were being held.
Sharma said he would first visit Srinagar and then Jammu to interact with the delegations and individuals.
The withdrawal of stone-pelting cases against 4,327 youth by the Jammu and Kashmir government is seen as a major Confidence Building Measure (CBM) and the first step towards facilitating talks between
Sharma never met the leaders of opposition National Conference and separatist Hurriyat Conference.
In his meeting with Vohra at the Raj Bhawan, Sharma discussed the significant geopolitical developments in the region since his last visit to the state.
The central government’s interlocutor on Jammu and Kashmir, Dineshwar Sharma on Friday arrived on the second visit of the State to hold talks with the stakeholders.
Interlocutor Dineshwar Sharma to visit militancy infested south Kashmir during his second visit to J-K
In Jammu, he will visit camps of migrants from Kashmir as well as those displaced from border villages following shelling from Pakistan.
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has announced amnesty to first-time stone pelters, officials said on Thursday.
Over 4,500 cases against youths involved in stone pelting for the first time will be dropped in a bid to win hearts in the Kashmir Valley.
Sharma is the fourth interlocutor appointed by the Centre since 2002 and Air Vice Marshal (Retd) Kapil Kak asked why the government had not opened communication channels with the separatists yet.
Dineshwar Sharma briefed Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday on the first round of talks he had with various sections of the society last week.