Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday announced that former Intelligence Bureau director and 1979 batch IPS officer Dineshwar Sharma would be Government of India’s representative for holding talks with all stakeholders in Jammu and Kashmir.
Addressing a press conference, Singh said Sharma would lead a “sustained dialogue” with all stakeholders in Jammu and Kashmir. The Home Minister said that this step of the govt was in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Independence Day speech in which he had said that ‘Kashmir’s solution was neither in abuse nor in bullets, but in embracing Kashmiris’.
So here is a close look into Dineshwar Sharma's career profile, the civil servant who has been appointed as the Union Govt interlocualtor for holding talks with stakeholders in Kashmir
#Dineshwar Sharma is a Kerala-Cadre Indian Police Service officer of the 1979 batch. He was the chief of the Intelligence Bureau and served at a wide variety of command & staff positions in various Police, Paramilitary & Intelligence agencies.
#He was appointed as the IB chief in 2014 and has experience of handling issues like separatism and insurgencies to regional and domestic politics.He served as the chief of IB till December 2016 and at the end of the fixed two-year tenure, reportedly refused an offer of extension by the government.
#He has previously served in Nagaland, Jammu and Kashmir, Delhi and Lucknow in various capacities.
#He has attended training on Intelligence work and Policing methods in East Germany, Poland, Israel and South Korea. Apart from this, he has also worked with the National Security Adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval during his earlier stint as IB chief.
#Sharma was earlier made the interlocutor for peace talks with Assam’s insurgent groups, including the United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) in June this year.
Reacting to the news of his appointment, Sharma said that it is a huge responsibility and he will look to live up to expectations. “It’s a big responsibility, hope I live up to expectations,” he told ANI on appointment as GoI representative for dialogue in J&K.