On Sunday Home Minister Rajnath Singh led an all party delegation team to Jammu and Kashmir to hold talks with the separatists on the Kashmir issue. He said everybody wanted the situation in Kashmir to be improved. He also said, “There are no two ways about fact that J&K is a part of India, was a part of India & will be a part of India.”
Singh said they were all concerned about the situation in Kashmir. The delegation met over 300 people in the valley.
He criticized the separatists for not wanting to talk with the government. He said they (separatists) don’t believe in ‘insaniyat, Kashmiriyat, jamuriyat’. Some of the delegation members on Sunday met with the Hurriyat leaders and the government neither approved nor disapproved of the same.
A small group from all party delegation tried to meet and speak with separatists at their homes and prisons but they were too cold to talk with them.
Hurriyat hardliner Syed Ali Shah Geelani returned JD(U)’s Sharad Yadav, RJD’s Jaiprakash Narayan Yadav, CPI(M) Sitaram Yechuri, CPI’s D Raja from the door of his Hyderpora home in Srinagar.
Locals asked the government why it did not free the separatists if it wanted to talk with them.
The group also asked JKLF leader Yasin Malik at Humhama jail, former Hurriyat head Abdul Ghani Bhat at his home in Jawahar Nagar and Shabir Shah and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq at Cheshma Shahi guesthouse, which is a temporary prison.
But nothing fruitful was expected on this meeting and nothing was achieved. Singh said, “If you do not want to talk is a different thing. But what they did proves they have no faith in democracy.”
The Home Minister repeated that the government was ready to talk with everybody who wanted peace in the valley.
The delegation is waiting for talks with a cross section of political leaders and stakeholders. The delegation consists of 26 members of 20 political parties.