Hurriyat leaders refuse to talk to APD members

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Srinagar—The five members of the all-party delegation Assad-ud-din Owaisi, Sitaram Yechuri, D Raja, Sharad Yadav and Jaiprakash tried to meet pro freedom leaders Mirwaiz Molvi Umar Farooq, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Yaseen Malik, Shabir Shah and Prof Ghani Bhat but all the four out rightly refused to talk on the Kashmir issue and the ongoing unrest in Kashmir valley.
Reports said that Owaisi dropped at Cheshma Shahi sub-jail and called on Mirwaiz. However, Mirwaiz thanked Owaisi for showing gestures to meet him but declined to talk on Kashmir and the continuing unrest in the Valley.
Hurriyat (M) spokesman Shahid-ul-Islam has said that the two members of the delegation including Owaisi called on Mirwaiz at Cheshma Shahi Sub-Jail but Mirwaiz while shaking hands with Owaisi told both the MPs that he can’t talk to them either on Kashmir issue or the present situation in Kashmir.
The other four members of the delegation Yechuri, Raja, Yadav and Jaiprakash called Malik at Police Station Humhama but they were out rightly denied opportunity of even a simple interaction on the present unrest in Kashmir. A spokesman of JKLF told local Kashmiri media that the Indian delegation was taken directly to the room in which Yasin Malik is kept by Police.
He said Yasin Malik refused to meet and talk to the parliamentarians and told them that they being the part of larger delegation and are headed by Indian Home Minister who before coming to Kashmir has categorically said that India parliamentarian delegation will meet and talk to people under the preview of Indian constitution.
Yasin Malik said that it was their stated policy that they would not talk to anyone under Indian constitution and because of this there is no fun in talking. After their refusal to talk the delegation left the police station within three or four minutes.
“Malik told the delegation members that he won’t like to discuss with them Kashmir issue as the all party delegation, headed by Rajnath Singh has no mandate to talk on Kashmir resolution outside Indian constitution. The delegation is interested in holding talks within the framework of Indian Constitution and pro-freedom leadership has already ruled out talks on Kashmir within Indian constitution”.

ruled out the possibility of talking in isolation. I made it clear to them that pro-freedom leaders will talk collectively and as such I can’t talk individually in isolation. I will abide by the collective decision of the joint resistance leadership”. Earlier, separatists on Sunday had rejected Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s invitation to them for a meeting with all-party delegation, terming such a measure as “deceitful” and insisting that it cannot be an alternative to a “transparent agenda-based dialogue to address the core issue”.
A day after Mehbooba invited separatists in her capacity as PDP chief, separatist leaders Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq (both of separate Hurriyat Conference factions) and Yasin Malik (of JKLF) issued a joint statement here, rubbishing her and her offer.— NNI

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