Delhi never extended unconditional dialogue offer to us: Geelani, Mirwaiz
Srinagar: Chairmen of both factions of Hurriyat, Syed Ali Shah Geelani and MirwaizUmerFarooq on Friday rebutted the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh over his remarks that the Centre had offered ‘an unconditional dialogue to Hurriyat leadership’.
Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman, Syed Ali Geelani in a statement issued here said that the government of India never invited them officially for any kind of talks.
He said that the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s statement is an open admission that pro-freedom leaders are the real representatives and main stakeholders of Kashmir.
“Indian leadership has now openly admitted that pro-freedom leaders are the real representatives and main stakeholders of Kashmir and the issue cannot be resolved without them,” Geelani said, adding that the rulers are very well aware of the fact that people’s aspiration, emotions and sentiments are represented by pro-freedom leadership.
“This acceptance of the ground realities should have culminated in practicality, when Indian leaders talk about “dialogue” to resolve the long pending dispute,” he said.
Regarding the Home Minister’s statement about the dialogue and shutting doors on Parliamentary delegation, Geelani said that “the government never officially invited us, but at the same time blame us of rejecting it. It is not only shameful but speaks volumes about their truthfulness, sincerity and clarity.”
“They tried to play a game of win only for them as they just wanted to discredit us as whether we accept their offer of dialogue which never came or we ignore their casual personal gestures,” he said.
Geelani further said that “India is scared of any meaningful dialogue with Hurriyat and Pakistan, as they have occupied this land illegally and forcefully by their military might using repeated lies and unabated surplus violence.”
“The sole intention of the delegation was to involve in an act of firefighting just to derail and fizzle out the momentum through these age old tactics, as they have been doing whenever Kashmiris stood up for their basic rights,” he said.
He said that in a similar situation of 2010 people’s uprising, we have warmly welcomed every delegation and had thread bear discussion, but they never responded back.
Hurriyat chairman said that “seriousness of India could well be judged by the fact that local stooges in the chair at that time couldn’t dare to invite the pro-freedom leaders in her official capacity, but very cunningly did it as head of a regional party, because that would definitely have annoyed her partners in crime.”
“We are fighting for a just cause and no oppressive measure can deter us from pursuing our path and our nation has proved it beyond doubt for last 71 years,” Geelani said.
Hurriyat (M) Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said that contrary to the talks, Government of India wanted a military solution with a view to integrate Kashmir and even to do away with J&K’s special status.
Taking to Twitter, Mirwaiz said the Hurriyat leadership has always maintained that the way forward to solve Kashmir is talks among all stakeholders of the dispute.
“At Jamia today, to put the record straight the truth as all of Kashmir knows is that there never was any offer of “unconditional” talk at any point by this Govt, on the contrary all effort by this Govt has been towards a military solution with the view to integrate Kashmir and even do away with its special status.
Hurriyat has always maintained that the way forward is through sincere deliberations among the stakeholders India,Pak& people of Kashmir working towards a final settlement in keeping with the aspirations of the people of J&K,” Mirwaiz wrote on Twitter.
Pertinently, on Thursday, Rajnath Singh had claimed that if separatists in Kashmir had agreed to talk to an all-party delegation that went to meet them last year, perhaps government could have found one or the other way to resolve the “stalemate” in the Valley.
Singh said Hurriyat leaders “shut the doors”.
Speaking in the RajyaSabha, Singh had dismissed the perception that the government is not willing to talk to separatists, saying it is because of such perception that things (in Kashmir) are not moving ahead.