‘It’s like homecoming’

NEW DELHI: The clock has turned full circle for former IB chief Dineshwar Sharma, who was appointed the Centre’s special representative in Kashmir today, 25 years after his first posting for the bureau in the Valley.
It was May 1992. Militancy was at its peak and Sharma, then 36, arrived in Srinagar after completing a year of customary training at the Intelligence Bureau headquarters in New Delhi.
The Kerala-cadre officer, who was posted as Assistant Director between 1992 to 1994, went on to head the IB from 2014 to 2016. Today, he was appointed special representative for the Government’s “sustained dialogue” process for peace in the Valley.
“It’s like homecoming for me. I am sure that I will be able to fulfill the expectations of the Government and people of the country,” Sharma told reporters.