Hurriyat gets invite for talks with all-party delegation

SansadTV Bureau
File Photo: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in Delhi.

File Photo: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in Delhi.

An all party delegation lead by Home Minister Rajnath Singh is visiting Kashmir on Sunday. Ahead of the visit members of the parties have asked the government at centre and state to invite all members of talks including separatists who did not meet Home Minister during his last two visits.

The 30-member delegation is scheduled to interact with individuals and groups aiming to bring peace in the Valley, which is facing unrest following the killing of Hizbul militant Burhan Wani on July 8th.

Meanwhile Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has invited Huriyat members for talks on Saturday in the capacity of PDP President which attracted criticism from J & K Minister Omar Abdullah.

In the two-page letter, Ms Mufti has requested the Hurriyat to “take the lead and engage with the All-Party delegation of parliamentarians”.

“Notwithstanding the fact that you and I have different and divergent political ideologies, I have no doubt that all of us have the best interest of the people of Jammu and Kashmir in mind,” Ms Mufti said, adding, “The PDP has always believed that the Hurriyat Conference is a stakeholder in the peace, resolution and prosperity of the state”.

It ends with Mehbooba Mufti urging the separatist leaders to “indicate a time and place of their convenience” to meet the delegation.

On Saturday the 30-member delegation was made aware of the prevailing situation in the state as well as the contours of the tour during which they will hold talks with a cross-section of people. The purpose of the session was to ensure that all MPs speak in one voice with consensus to the people in Kashmir.