It is neither Kashmiriyat, Nor Insaniyat
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Srinagar: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh adopted a tough line a day after the Kashmiri separatists made it clear that the question of talking to the all-party delegation on visit to the valley does not arise. “What the separatists did was not neither Kashmiriyat (Kashmiri culture) nor Insaniyat (humanity)”, said the HM. He said the lawmakers were in Srinagar in their private capacity. He also said Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Mehabooba Mufti’s decision to invite the separatists was her own. Rajnath Singh appeared to be distancing himself and the Centre from the acute embarrassment.
The Parliament Members in the all-party delegation made several attempts to meet the separatist leaders but they were turned away at every place. Even then the MPs thought it was their responsibility to reach out to the separatists even after they refuse to accept the CM’s invitation for talks. The most hostile reception was reserved for CPM leader Sitaram Yechuri, CPI leader D Raja and JD (U) leader Sharad Yadav when they went to meet the hardliner Syed Ali Shah Geelani who is under house arrest. They were greeted by anti-India slogan when they reached Geelani’s residence in Hyderpora blocking their entry into the house. Before going to Geelani, the three leaders went to a local police station to meet another separatist leader Yasin Malik who refused to meet them.
Kashmir Separatists Adamant
The Kashmiri separatists made it clear repeatedly that they would not meet the all-party delegation. They said an emphatic no to talks with preconditions.
The all-party delegation went to Srinagar on Sunday. The delegation has been talking to various groups. But the separatists led by Syed Abdul Geelani were adamant. The Left parties said talks are the only way. The Congress has suggested that talks should be held with all the stakeholders. But the political olive branch extended by the chief minister and the national lawmakers was snubbed by the separatists who have been calling the shots in the troubled State ever since a Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist, Burhan Wani, was killed in an encounter on July 8. Since then there has been curfew in Kashmir valley. Some 70 persons were killed in the ensuing violence and more than 1000 people were injured.
The nation eagerly awaits the next move by the Union Government.