India has to talk to Pakistan too: Farooq Abdullah on new J-K interlocutor Sharma's appointment
Abdullah's comment came shortly after Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh announced that former Director IB Dineshwar Sharma had been chosen dialogue with stakeholders in Jammu and Kashmir.
National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah today said Pakistan is one of the parties to the problems in Jammu and Kashmir, and that India should talk to Islamabad too.
Pakistan is also one of the parties to the problems of the state (J&K): Former J&K CM Farooq Abdullah- ANI (@ANI) October 23, 2017
Abdullah made these remarks shortly after Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh announced that former Director IB Dineshwar Sharma had been handpicked by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to hold a dialogue with stakeholders in Jammu and Kashmir.
Speaking exclusively to India Today shortly after his appointment, Dineshwar Sharma said he will hold talks with the Hurriyat too.
"The announcement has been made just today. I will start dialogues as soon as possible," he said.
Dineshwar Sharma, a 1976 batch Kerala cadre IPS officer who retired as IB director on December 31, 2016, said he would visit Jammu and Kashmir in a "week or 10 days" to hold dialogues with the stakeholders.
(With inputs from ANI)