No mention of Hurriyat, Centre ready for talks ‘with all’

Even as members of the all-party delegation, who met here today on their return from Jammu and Kashmir to discuss the next course of action, pitched for a “dialogue with all stakeholders, including the Hurriyat”, the Union Government said it was ready for talks “with all”, making no reference to the separatist Hurriyat Conference.
The meeting was chaired by Home Minister Rajnath Singh. The MPs suggested that the India-Pakistan dialogue be resumed and confidence-building measures (CBMs) initiated for bringing peace to the Kashmir Valley.
Rajnath made it clear there would be no compromise on the nation’s sovereignty. A resolution adopted at the meeting stated: “The delegation has appealed to the people of the state to shun the path of violence and resolve all issues through dialogue or discussion. The members have also asked the state government to take steps to ensure that educational institutions, government offices and commercial establishments start functioning normally. The government should take effective steps to ensure the security of citizens and provide medical treatment to the injured citizens and security personnel.”
The Left parties wanted talks with Pakistan resumed and measures, such as withdrawal of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in certain areas of the Valley, initiated.
Without any reference to the separatists, the resolution asked the Centre and the state governments “to take steps for a dialogue with all stakeholders”.
Sitaram Yechury (CPM) said there was no discussion on the performance of the Mehbooba Mufti-led Jammu and Kashmir Government, but AIMIM’s Asaduddin Owaisi said the PDP-BJP government had failed to handle the situation.

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