Published: Wed, October 25, 2017
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Kashmir dialogue without Hurriyat, Pakistan is futile, unrealistic

Kashmir dialogue without Hurriyat, Pakistan is futile, unrealistic

Government should have said that clear yesterday. The move follows a rare meeting between Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj last week with Pakistan's High Commissioner Sohail Mahmood.

However, having India, Pakistan, and the Kashmiris was necessary for the dialogue process. India also accuses Pakistan of fomenting unrest and backing terror groups in Kashmir, a charge denied by Islamabad.

It remains to be seen if the fresh and sudden move on held Kashmir too is linked with the suggested overall improvement in the ties. Did not Padgoankar held sustained dialogue for two years.

Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad told reporters that the Congress has been making such a demand since the Modi government assumed office about three-and-half years back. The retired 1979-batch officer of the Indian Police Service was the IB director from December, 2014, to December, 2016.

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Reports said Mr Singh's outreach indicates a shift in the central government's approach to handle the Kashmir issue from the prism of security operations without a matching political overture from the other side. "It is a good initiative and should be a success", Mufti said.

In another tweet, she said, "Dialogue is a necessity of the hour and the only way to go forward".

"Without the participation of the Hurriyat leadership, no interaction or dialogue would carry any weight or meaning", read the statement.

Responding to a question regarding the Government of India's announcement designating Sharma as GoI's representative to initiate "interaction and dialogue to understand legitimate aspirations of people in J & K", the Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakria stated that the measure "did not appear to be honest and realistic".

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Meanwhile, former chief minister and NC president Farooq Abdullah said GoI has failed in all its measures about dealing with Kashmir and now have announced dialogue on Kashmir, which is "waste of time".

Prime Minister Narendra Modi took a first of its kind initiative to defuse tension in the valley since holding the seat in 2014.

Kashmir's chief Muslim cleric and chairman of his faction of separatist Hurriyat Conference alliance, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on being contacted by this newspaper said that the Home Minister's statement was somewhat "vague" and, therefore, he won't react to it as of now.

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