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Kashmir Separatists say ready for Peace Talks with Centre

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The separatists Leaders said that they are ready for dialogue with Centre but demanded that New Delhi should end ambiguity first.

Syed Ali Geelani, leader of the hardline faction in Hurriyat, hosted a meeting at his Hyderpora residence on Tuesday & issued a statement regarding it  after holding a meeting. Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chairman Yasin Malik were also present in the meeting.

The JRL said that it is important to have transparency in such a process and an assurance from all sides that promises and pledges will be honoured.

They said that the statements emanating regarding talks for last few days from different people at the helm of affairs at Centre are unclear and ambiguous.

“All this ambiguity leaves little room to consider the talk about talks seriously with a purpose or warrant a response”, the statement said.

“The statements regarding talks in the last few days from different people at the helm of affairs in New Delhi are unclear and ambiguous,’’ the leadership said, adding that while the home minister said there should be dialogue with both Kashmir and Pakistan, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj put a rider saying no talks can be held with Pakistan unless terror stops.

The leadership further said that BJP president Amit Shah said the ceasefire is for the people and not militants, while J&K Director General of Police issued a statement that it’s for the militants to come back home.

“These statements come a few days after Modi said in Srinagar that the panacea to the Kashmir problem according to him is “development “and “peace “is a prerequisite for that to happen, putting the onus of  bringing peace on people while absolving Government of India of all role and responsibility in the matter”, the statement said.

“Deliberately choosing to ignore the historical background of the Kashmir problem, its internal and external dimensions, the reason for the presence of lakhs of his troops here, the daily aggression and the highly volatile situation on ground and near LoC in the conflict ridden region. It was like Modi was playing a cruel joke on the people”, read the statement.

The statement further said: “Then a few days back Rajnath Singh said that we are ready to talk to Pakistan and Hurriyat to which Sushma Swaraj added riders and caveats and Amit Shah put out his clarifications, not to upset his electoral applecart and calculations.”

“Now the question is what these “talks” are about to which Singh is referring to? What is the agenda of these talks? Is it about Modi’s suggestion of development?”, ask separatists.

“JRL does not want to score points by highlighting the discrepancies and conflicts in their statements but wants to understand what GoI is conveying through them to respond accordingly”, the statement said.

“JRL said that since people of J&K are at the receiving end of the lingering 70 year old conflict, being the worst affected we are most keen to find an end to it. And hence have always advocated that being a political and human issue it needs to be addressed likewise, not militarily as GoI has been doing. And for a political redressal of the conflict dialogue among stakeholders is the best process and option available”, the statement adds.

The JRL leadership also said that for a political redressal of the conflict, dialogue among stakeholders is the best option. “As Jammu and Kashmir is a divided territory and half of it is in Pakistan, this dispute has three stakeholders — India, Pakistan and the people of Kashmir. Meaningful talks based on a clear agenda underlined by sincerity among all the three stakeholders is an assured and peaceful way to resolve the conflict,’’ it said.

“Any effort that GoI makes in this direction will find takers in Kashmir and Pakistan. Let GoI give clarity on what it wants to talk about and speak in one Language we are ready to join the process”, read the statement.

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