Jammu based political parties gave mixed response regarding the statement of Senior Congress leader Dr Karan Singh where he suggested that the all-party delegation (APD), which is scheduled to visit Kashmir on September 4, should talk to separatists also to find a way out of the current unrest in the Valley which has so far claimed over 65 lives.
Singh, son of the last king of Kashmir – Maharaja Hari Singh, however, said the separatists must be ready to talk to the delegation too.
Talking to Newspoint, several political leaders shared their views regarding the statement of Dr Karan Singh.
Congress spokesperson, former MLC Ravinder Sharma said, “This is his (Dr Karan Singh) individual idea and Congress has nothing with his point of view. So party respected him as a senior party leader but these were his own personal ideas.”
BJP Spokesperson, Arun Gupta said, “BJP has no issues with separatists, whether they are interested or not we will talk to everyone who wants to talk within the framework of constitution, added that BJP welcome the statement of Dr Karan Singh regarding talks with separatists.”National Conference (NC) party spokesperson, Junaid Azim Mattu said, “NC is already in favour of talks with separatists, as talks are the only solution of maintaining peace and normalcy in the valley.”
Jammu Kashmir National Panther Party (JKNPP), Chairman, Harsh Dev Singh said, “Panthers has no objection in the meeting of APD with separatists but talks would be held within constitution framework.”
It is pertinent to mention here that last day, Dr Karan Singh said, “It is my personal opinion that APD should talk to everyone (including separatists) who is willing to talk because it is only through dialogue that there can be some movement forward.” “They (separatists) should also be ready to talk. If they say beforehand that they will not talk, then how would there be a dialogue,” he said. The Rajya Sabha member said the situation in the Valley has pained him and he has come here to share the pain of the people.