Separatists’ refusal for talks evokes mixed response among Jammu parties

Nagender Jamwal

Jammu based political parties’ have expressed mixed response regarding the refusal of Separatists to meet All Party Delegation in the valley yesterday.
The separatists on Sunday rebuffed the offer of talks made by some parliamentarians who broke from regular meetings and reached out to appease the separatists to present their point of view before the delegation.
Talking to Newspoint, BJP spokesperson, Arun Gupta said, “State government had given them (separatists) an opportunity to talk and share their opinions before APD but they rebuffed the proposals. The peace talk could be done within the constitutional framework but separatists refused and did not come to the meeting site, this is their wish whether they meet or not, government did its duty.”
Jammu Kashmir Panthers Party Chairman, Harsdev Singh said, “Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti gave
formal invitations to Separatist leaders to attend All Party Delegation (APD) meeting to find a way out of the current unrest in Kashmir valley but they refused to meet them.” This shows they are anti-India and with Pakistan, now they are exposed, sedition should be evoked against them, Singh added.
Congress spokesperson and former MLC Ravinder Sharma said, “Separatists missed this opportunity as central government had sent a 28-members delegation led by Home Minister, Rajnath Singh for talks as already government delayed for talks government should holds talk as early as possible but its contradictory approach towards our state especially with valley put the situation worsening day by day.”
Earlier, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said, “We had said that if anyone comes to meet us, we will welcome them and listen to them. But nobody turned up even after the invitation was sent by CM of the state. We would have been very happy if they had come. In personal capacity, some leaders chose to meet them (separatists). This was not disclosed in all party meet.”
Mehbooba invited separatists in her capacity as PDP chief, separatist leaders Geelani, Farooq (both of separate Hurriyat Conference factions) and Malik (of JKLF) issued a joint statement, rubbishing her and her offer.
The team from Delhi met some 200 people of 30 delegations, including mainstream regional political parties, on the first day of its Kashmir visit.
The situation in the Valley continues to be tense amid recurring street protests, triggered by the July 8 killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani. At least 74 people have been killed and nearly 12,000 injured in the weeks of the unrest, the deadliest since 2010 when some 120 people died in firing by police and paramilitary troopers.

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