In a surprise move, leaders of the Opposition, namely CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury, CPI leader D Raja, JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav, RJD’s Jay Prakash Narayan have decided to meet Hurriyat leaders today. Ahead of the all-party delegation visiting Kashmir, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday called for engaging all sections of the society, including Hurriyat Conference in order to break the deadlock prevailing in the Valley. However, the separatists rejected Mehbooba’s invitation.
The MPs are also likely to meet another Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umer Farooq who is in Chashme Shahi sub-jail and JKLF chief Yaseen Malik and JK Democratic Liberation Front leader Shabir Shah, who are under detention at BSF camp in Humama. They are also likely to meet former Hurriyat chief Abdul Ghani Bhat.
Prior to the all-party meet, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury had said that the government should involve Hurriyat Conference for the talks. “It is up to the government to invite them (Hurriyat leaders). We want to meet the them. JD(U), RJD and DMK leaders supported the demand during the meeting,” he added. Referring to media reports claiming hardline Hurriyat Conference leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s opposition to holding talks with the delegation, Yechury said, “I don’t know (about the reports)…we are only telling them you talk to us, tell us your conditions. Without discussions there can’t be a solution.”
Moreover, a day Mehbooba invited them to meet the all-party delegation, the separatist leaders on Sunday said it cannot be an alternative to a transparent, agenda-based dialogue to address the “core” issue. 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”, separatist leaders Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik said in a joint statement in Srinagar.