PMO official on Kashmir mission
26 April 2002
Jammu: Mr Amarjit Singh Dullat, senior functionary in the PMO, is in Srinagar to meet Kashmiri separatist leaders and
persuade them to participate in the Assembly polls. Sources said Mr Dullat was scheduled to meet senior separatist leaders in
Gulmarg today. Yesterday he had a two-hour long meeting with a Hurriyat executive committee member. Mr Dullat, who was
in J&K as the deputy director, IB, in 1990, is also tipped to be the next Governor of the state. After retiring as the Research
and Analysis Wing (RAW) chief, he was appointed the Officer-on-Special Duty in the Prime Minister’s Office. J&K Governor
Mr Girish Chander Saxena is also a former RAW chief. While Mr Dullat is considered a political expert, Mr Saxena’s role in
evolving strategies to counter insurgency operations has been widely appreciated. Mr Dullat reportedly has very good relations
with all separatist leaders. Hence, his Kashmir visit and the decision to appoint him the next Governor seem to be inter-linked.
Nine ultras shot in Kashmir: Security forces killed nine militants during a raid on their hideout in Kupwara today, a defence
spokesman said, adds PTI from Srinagar. Bodies of the militants have been recovered and are being identified, the spokesman
said. More sops for J&K tourism: The Jammu and Kashmir Cabinet has extended the package of incentives, sanctioned in
April 1995, for the state’s tourism for another six years starting 31 December 2000, adds SNS from Srinagar. The Cabinet, at
a meeting with Dr Farooq Abdullah, modified the package for revival of tourism in the Valley in view of continued setbacks.