New Delhi, October 21: “The militants are the biggest stakeholders in the Kashmir issue. Talks with only leaders of the Hurriyat Conference, including Syed Ali Shah Geelani, will not be productive” said Independent MLA Engineer Abdul Rashid while batting for the militants to be taken on board by the Union Government, whenever it talks to the stakeholders to find a permanent solution to the Kashmir issue.
He gave the example of the president of the United State and said if the US can hold talks with Taliban peace, why cannot India speak to the militants? He urged Prime Minister Modi to follow this lead.
Also, the Indian leaders in different states are already adopting this policy. He argued, “The government talks to insurgent leaders in Nagaland, Akalis in Punjab and Bodos in Assam, why cannot the militants in Jammu and Kashmir be given the same privilege?” The MLA also said that the government must adopt an inclusive approach and talk to Hizbul Mujahideen head Syed Salahudeen.
Commenting over the CM’s act of thanking militants from across the border for allowing peaceful conduct of the Assembly elections last year, Rashid said: “Mufti Sayeed was insincere in his act.”
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