Abdul Rashid lambasts Rajnath Singh over his statement that Separatists should talk to State before Centre


Independent state MLA Sheikh Abdul Rashid today said that the talks between the Centre and separatists would yield nothing if the dialogue process has preconditions attached to it. He said, “Unless the talks come without the preconditions, there will be no takers. Also, the three parties- India, Pakistan and Kashmiris should be part of the dialogue process.”


The Minister made this statement in response to the statements made by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in Jammu stating that the separatists should first talk to the State and then the Centre.

He said that the Kashmiris have sacrificed everything to resolve the Kashmiri dispute within the parameters of historic perspective and not just to ask for a dialogue to get minor concessions. It should be understood that the Kashmiris are fed up with the world ‘dialogue’, which has been going around from years and still hasn’t fetched anything in their or anybody’s favour. He also added that the Kashmiris now understand that the Government has destructed the institution of dialogue in the course of their mistrust and pretension.
He added that the government should stop the hue and cry over Pakistan flags hoisting in Kashmir and should rather introspect that why the Government has still not been able to overshadow the love for Pakistan in the region.

He also said, “It is not Syed Ali Shah Geelani or Masarat Alam but the common Kashmiris who are raising Pakistani flags and they do not seek permission from Geelani or others.”


The Minister should stop his discourse about Islam and Pakistan, said Rashid, accusing him of staining the credibility and integrity of Mufti government by reiterating that Kashmiri Pandits will get an identified land for separate townships.