Going by the recommendations of the interlocutor Dineshwar Sharma, Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti announced that the process of withdrawing FIRs against first time offenders of stone pelting will resume. In a series of Tweets, Mehbooba Mufti said that the confidence building measure reaffirms central govt's commitment towards changing narrative in Jammu and Kashmir.
"It gives me immense satisfaction to restart the process of withdrawing FIRs against first time offenders of stone pelting. My government had initiated the process in May, 2016 but it was unfortunately stalled due to the unrest later that year," she tweeted.
"This confidence building measure reaffirms the Central government’s commitment towards changing the narrative in J&K & creating a reconciliatory atmosphere for sustained dialogue. It is encouraging that the interlocutor has started on a positive note. His recommendations are being taken seriously by both the Central & State government," the J&K CM posted late on Wednesday.
Mehbooba Mufti also felt that this could pave the way for many youngsters to rebuild their lives. "It is a ray of hope for these young boys and their families. This initiative will provide them an opportunity to rebuild their lives," the CM tweeted.
Former Intelligence Bureau director Dineshwar Sharma was appointed by the Centre as its representative for a "sustained dialogue with all stakeholders" to find a political solution to the Kashmir issue. Following his appointment, Sharma said that as the government's representative, he would initiate the sustained interaction and dialogue to understand legitimate aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.