Separatists face criticism for shunning doors on talks

RSTV Bureau
Union Hmoe Minister Rajnath Singh in Srinagar.  Photo - PTI

Union Hmoe Minister Rajnath Singh in Srinagar.
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Union Home minister Rajnath Singh has sternly criticised the Separatists leaders for snubbing the members of all-party delegation, who had approached them on Sunday for talks. Four members of the 26-MP delegation had reached out to the Separatist leaders to hold talks aimed at bringing normalcy and peace in strife-torn valley.

“Shunning delegation members who have come for talks shows Hurriyat members do not believe in democracy,” said Rajnath Singh addressing a press conference on the second day of the delegation’s visit.

The delegation is on a two-day visit to the valley, which is under curfew for nearly two months now. More than 70 persons, including two security personnel, have been killed due to spike in clashes following the encounter killing of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani on July 8.

“The behaviour of Hurriyat leaders with delegation members was neither Kashmiriyat nor insaniyat… and not even jamooriyat,” the Union Home minister added.

Four MPs — CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury, CPI leader D Raja, JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav and RJD’s Jay Prakash Narayan — went to meet hardline Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani at his residence where he is under house arrest for the last 60 days. They were received with slogans outside the residence whose gate was not opened for them.

While Geelani saw them from the window, he refused to meet the parliamentarians.

Srinagar: National Conference working president Omar Abdullah with CPI(M) General Secretary and MP Sitaram Yechury who is part of an All Party Parliamentary Delegation before a meeting at SKICC in Srinagar on Sept 4, 2016. Photo - PTI

Srinagar: National Conference working president Omar Abdullah with CPI(M) General Secretary and MP Sitaram Yechury who is part of an All Party Parliamentary Delegation before a meeting at SKICC in Srinagar on Sept 4, 2016.
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The group also went to meet JKLF chief Yaseen Malik who is under detention at BSF camp in Humama. He told the MPs that he will talk when he visits New Delhi.

AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi went separately to meet moderate Hurriyat leader Miwaiz Umar Farooq in Chashma Shahi sub-jail where he detained. Mirwaiz met Owaisi briefly during which only pleasantaries were exchanged.

Emphasising that government’s doors, both the Centre and state, are open to everyone who wants peace and normalcy, he said, “some members of the delegation had gone to meet Hurriyat leaders yesterday. Neither had we said yes nor no. Whatever happened you know about it. I do not wish to go into the details”.

The delegations members had gone to meet Hurriyat members in their individual capacity, the Union Home minister said, adding “Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti also wrote letters inviting separatist leaders for talks.”

Giving further details of the all-party delegation to the valley thus far, he said the members have met nearly 300 stakeholders, which includes political parties in the state, several intellectuals, members of student community, teachers, fruit growers among others.

Later in the day, they also met with the Jammu and Kashmir Governor, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and senior state officials.

“Parliament of India very serious towards the situation in Kashmir… I am hopeful that situation in the JK will improve,” Rajnath Said underlining “Kashmir is an integral part of India, has always been and will remain so”.