NEW DELHI: With violence levels and mob protests in Kashmir likely to ebb in winter months, the Centre is keen to use a period of relative calm to focus on the dialogue process and work on framing an actionable agenda that will help win hearts and maintain peace.

The government’s representative for the Jammu and Kashmir dialogue Dineshwar Sharma, who just wound up what officials here described as a “successful” maiden visit to the state, is likely to engage with more sections of the people by visiting the state at least once or twice a month.

According to sources, based on feedback from the interlocutor, the Centre plans to identify the tangible demands of the people of J&K and work towards addressing them as a confidence-building measure. “A sustained peace period in the Kashmir valley is needed to win faith of the people. While terrorists can continue to be tackled in security operations, mob violence and popular protests must be contained to ensure sustained…

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