The all-party delegation that visited Jammu and Kashmir to take the first hand stock of the situation has pitched for a dialogue with “all stakeholders” in the valley. The government too reciprocated saying it was prepared for discussions with all, though it made no reference to separatists Hurriyat Conference. The separatists leaders had snubbed the MPs who had reached them out for the talks during the all-party visit to the state on September 4-5.
During the three-hour long deliberation, demands were also made for resumption of Indo-Pak dialogue, confidence building measures and a “dual track” approach for bringing peace in the restive Valley.
As the members of political parties appealed to the people of the state to shun the path of violence and resolve all issues through dialogue and discussion, there was consensus that no compromise can be made on national sovereignty.
“The members of the delegation are of the opinion that there is no place for violence in a civilised society. There can be no compromise on issue of national sovereignty,” the resolution, read out by MoS Prime Minister’s Office Jitendra Singh, said.
Without making any reference to separatists including Hurriyat Conference, the statement asked the Central and state governments “to take steps for a dialogue with all stake holders”. Asked whether separatists would also come under the purview of “stakeholders”, Jitendra Singh said the Home Minister is open for dialogue with “all stake holders”, without elaborating any further.
However, to a similar question, Congress leader in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge said the separatist amalgamate is part of the “all stake holders”.
Speaking to the press, CPI (M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury said there was no discussion on the performance of Mehbooba Mufti-led Jammu and Kashmir government. “This is not the time to blame. This is the time to work unitedly for bringing peace in Kashmir,” he said.
The senior Parliamentarian also asked the Centre to follow up its Kashmir outreach initiative like former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who had declared a unilateral ceasefire and held talks with militant group Hizbul Mujahideen.
But leader of All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) Asaduddin Owaisi, who was also the part of all-party delegation to the valley, said personally he felt that the PDP-BJP government has failed to handle the current situation, which continued for too long, leading to “the present mess”.
He also pitched for a non-BJP and non-Congress fact-finding team of political parties to visit Jammu and Kashmir to meet a cross section of people to ascertain the loss of lives due to violence, besides demanding the release of those “illegally jailed” in the Kashmir valley.
Expressing serious concern over the prevailing situation in the state, members at the meeting urged both the governments to take steps to ensure that education institutions, government offices and commercial establishment start functioning normally at the earliest.
(With inputs from the PTI)