Burhan Wani’ father meets Sri Sri
- Says unconditional talks with Hurriat only way
Bangaluru: Muzaffar Wani, father of Burhan Wani, the young Hizbul Mujaheddin militant who was killed on July 8 in an encounter with the armed forces in Kashmir valley, had a rendezvous with spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar at the Art of Living ashram here on Sunday.
Wani said he had come to the Ayurvedic centre at the ashram for treatment for diabetics. A spokesperson of the ashram said Wani came here on Thursday and left on Sunday.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar had visited Kashmir recently and held peace dialogue with the Hurriat leaders. Wani’s visit may be part of the track-2 diplomacy. Wani said he did not stay in a hotel since it is not safe and so he preferred the ashram.
Muzaffar Wani admitted that he had discussed Kashmir issue with the spiritual guru. ‘Since Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is a man of peace, I appraised him of the ground situation in J&K’, he said. He told media persons that he had requested Sri Sri Ravi Shankar to use his influence to bring about peace in the valley.
‘Hurriat is the leadership of Kashmir and there have to be unconditional talks with the Hurriat leaders. PM’s precondition that any talks have to be within the ambit of the J&K constitution will not lead to a solution’ he made it clear.
Wani, a teacher by profession, said there had to be an unconditional dialogue to achieve a lasting solution. ‘Wani was at the Ashram for the last two days and we discussed several things’ tweeted Ashu Sri Ravi Shankar without elaborating.