Expressing displeasure over the 30-member all-party delegation meeting convened in Kashmir instead of Jammu, the Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP) has said the party would boycott the meeting as they have decided not to visit Kashmir.
“This is just ridiculous, why should JKNPP, a Jammu-based political party, go to Kashmir when the all-party delegation is supposed to visit Jammu. Summoning us to Kashmir and not allowing us to meet the delegation in Jammu is highly unfair, unjust and it is motivated as well, we believe, If we are not called us to meet for the all-party delegation on 5th September, we shall be boycotting because we have decided that we will not be going to Kashmir,” JKNPP chairman Harsh Dev Singh said.
Singh further said the delegation meeting various parties in Kashmir will not serve the purpose, as they need to prolong their stay and visit different places to assess group realities in the state.
“We welcome the visit, but we feel that the all-party delegation’s visit is very short. They cannot assess the situation in just one day. The delegation ought to have visited different places in Kashmir valley, they needed to got to different districts and to see for themselves the ground situation prevailing in the Kashmir valley and how disturbed the entire valley is,” he said.
Singh also supported Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s decision to invite Hurriyat leaders and stated that there should be no restraint in meeting with all party delegation.
“As far as calling different stake holders o different political groups is concerned there shouldn’t be any barriers and if Mehbooba Mufti is inviting them, let them have dialogue with the all-party delegation. They are also citizens of India whether they like it or not,” he said.
A 3-members all-party delegation is all set to visit the valley for two days, during which they will interact with various political parties and stakeholders.
Parliamentarians will also interact with Governor NN Vohra and the Chief Minister.