An all party delegation led by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh have reached Kashmir in order to find a solution to the prevailing turbulence in the Valley. The two-day party delegation comprised 28 parliamentarians and senior government officials. Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday invited Hurriyat leaders to participate in talks with the all-party delegation.
Asking the leaders to voice the urges and aspirations of the people in the Valley, she said, “All of us, be it the mainstream political parties or political groups with a separatist agenda, voice the urges and aspirations of our people, as we understand those, and seek a resolution of the problems as we see them from our own perspectives.”
7.00 pm: We decided to meet leaders of Hurriyat, & Hurriyat apparently decided they will not conduct talks with parliamentarians coming here: Yechury
6.30 pm: We would have been very happy if they had come: Ghulam Nabi Azad,Congress in Srinagar on separatist leaders.
05.49 pm: Mulaqaat theek rahi. Unka kehna hai ki aapse aakar ke baat karenge Delhi mein. Hum ye maante hain ki unhone baat ko aage badha diya hai(The meeting went fine. They say they would talk to us when they are in Delhi), says Sharad Yadav on meeting with JKLF Chief Yasin Malik.
05.42 pm: Sharad Yadav, D Raja and Sitaram Yechury of the all party delegation arrive at SAS Geelani’s residence. However, Geelani refused to meet the leaders.
05.34 pm: Separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq refuses to meet a group of leaders from the all party delegation.
05.04 pm: Sitaram Yechury, D Raja and Sharad Yadav of the all party delegation on Kashmir, have left to meet separatist leaders in Srinagar.
05.02 pm: This all party delegation(on Kashmir) has a mammoth task ahead of them to rebuild the lost credibility. They’re all responsible for it because they were part of 2010 process. They should have followed up as to what happened with interlocutors report. Their failure to own the outcome of 2010 all party delegation has resulted in a dramatic shrinkage of the number of people and delegations that are willing to meet them (Hurriyat) this time, said Omar Abdullah.
04.36 pm: It is for members of delegation to make effort & for leaders of Hurriyat Conference to meet them. I don’t think its a bad thing: Omar Abdullah
04.20 pm: One “fails to understand” what hope to attach with a delegation which has not “spelled out its mandate for any engagement on a clear agenda”, said separatist leaders Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik.
The separatist leaders also lashed out at Mehbooba, alleging that she was playng the “role of obfuscation”.
04.12 pm: “Mehbooba Mufti should decide whether she wants to be the Chief Minister or Leader of Opposition. In the morning she says one thing and does a complete about turn by evening. She wants that Hurriyat should be talked to but in the evening she puts them under arrest,” he said.
Omar said such all-party delegations have lost credibility because there was no follow up after their visits in the past,” said Omar.
04.03 pm: Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today met the all-party delegation led by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh here and said such efforts have lost credibility as there has hardly been any follow-up after similar visits in the past. During his hour-long interaction with the delegation, Omar recalled the previous all-party delegation visits since 1990 to Kashmir and said that “unfortunately when things cool down, there is no progress on the issue”.
02.17 pm: Separatists reject J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti’s invitation for talks with all party delegation
02.07 pm: Former J&K CM Omar Abdullah meets all party delegation.
01.45 pm: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh says, everyone gave their suggestions and when we will return from Kashmir this delegation will again meet in New Delhi.
01.43 pm: They can meet anyone,doors are open,but I don’t know of any such meeting plan, says Nirmal Singh on if all party delegation will meet separatists
01.36 pm: All party delegation’s meeting with J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti and other state ministers comes to an end.
12.41 pm: All-party delegation meeting with J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti and other state ministers underway in Srinagar.
12.15 pm: J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti reaches Sher-i-Kashmir International Conference Centre to meet all-party delegation.
11.55 am: “I hope we will be able to find solutions; our delegation will be beneficial for Kashmir and for the country. Of course we won’t be able to take decisions on the spot but it will be an opportunity for parties and Kashmiri people to interact. I appeal to all the party, be it mainstream or non-mainstream, to come forward and talk so that things are brought to some solution,” said Ghulam Nabi Azad.
11.53 am: Food and consumer affairs minister Ram Vilas Paswan says the delegation are going with an open mind to Jammu and Kashmir, adding they are ready to talk anything within the constitution.
11.52 am: Jammu and Kashmir Congress delegation reaches Sher-i-Kashmir International Conference Centre to meet all-party delegation.
11.48 am: RSS Kashmir incharge Indresh Kumar says separatists don’t represent Kashmiris, they speak for just 5% of the population. While, Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Sitaram Yechury on all party delegation on Kashmir said, ‘Hurriyat should also be invited to talk, should give a message that we want to talk to everyone.
10.25 am: All party delegation on Kashmir lead by Singh arrives in Srinagar.
10.05 am: Ahead of his arrival in the Valley, Rajnath Singh tweeted that the delegation will intend to talk to various individuals and groups who want peace and harmony in the Valley.
Heading to Srinagar with the All Party Delegation. We intend to talk to individuals & groups who want peace & normalcy in the Kashmir valley
— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) September 4, 2016
09.50 am: Curfew continues in parts of Kashmir Valley for 58th day.
09.40 am: All party delegation emplanes for Srinagar.
Ahead of the all-party delegation, Rajnath Singh on Saturday chaired a meeting wherein the itinerary of the visit was discussed. Curfew has been imposed in the Valley ever since the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani on July 8. Due to the protests, death toll climbed to 70 in Kashmir.
Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP) on Saturday condemned the Union and state governments “decision” to allow political parties to meet the all-party delegation only in Kashmir Valley, terming the move as an “insult” to political leadership of Jammu region. The government functionaries has conveyed to the Panthers Party that political parties could meet the central delegation only in Kashmir and that meetings in Jammu region are to be held only with the civil society in exclusion of the political class, said JKNPP Chairman and Former Minister Harsh Dev Singh.