Hurriyat demands ‘clarity’ from Centre; says involve Pakistan, too
Hurriyat leaders on Tuesday said it was ready to join talks with the Centre to find a solution to the Kashmir issue if there was “clarity” on the dialogue and Pakistan was also involved in the process. Reacting to Union home minister Rajnath Singh’s statement last week that Centre was willing to have a dialogue with Hurriyat, separatist leaders Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik said that different views on the Kashmir issue by people from the establishment were creating confusion.
In a joint statement, the three leaders said while Singh said there should be a dialogue, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj had put a rider saying no talks with Pakistan unless terror is stopped while BJP leader Amit Shah had “given a spin” saying ceasefire is not for militants but for people of the state.
The Hurriyat leaders said India, Pakistan and people of Kashmir were the three stakeholders in the dispute and “meaningful talks based on a clear agenda” was the peaceful way to resolve the conflict. “Absence of any one stakeholder in the process will not yield any solution,” the statement said.
“Any effort that GOI makes in this direction will find takers in Kashmir and Pakistan. Let GOI give clarity on what it wants to talk about and speak in one language. We are ready to join the process,” the statement added.