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Geelani shows interlocutor Sharma thumb, says will not meet him
BJP needs to clear its stand on J&K
6/13/2018 11:51:26 PM
Early Times Report
JAMMU, June 13: Pakistan agent and self-styled chairman of Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Shah Geelani has yet again ruled out the possibility of a meeting with the Centre's Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) Special Representative Dineshwar Sharma. It was not altogether unexpected given his past track record. He has said that assigning the task of laying groundwork for a dialogue with separatists to a former Intelligence Bureau Director indicated the government was considering Kashmir merely an administrative problem.
"The job assigned to Dineshwar Sharma was to have some groundwork for a bilateral dialogue as if Kashmir is an administrative problem. We believe, beyond any doubt, that the people of Kashmir (J&K) demand the right to self-determination," Geelani has said
Insiders insist that "Geelani's stand suggests that he favours a political engagement between the separatists and the government". "When asked to explain whether Geelani was hinting that he is open to a meeting with a political person appointed by the Centre," his spokesman GA Gulzar reportedly said: "You are free to interpret his statement. He will not say more on this".
When further asked to explain "whether the ongoing halt on security operations should be extended," the separatist, who forms the so-called Joint Resistance group of the Hurriyat's leadership with Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik, termed the ceasefire as "a cruel joke". "There is no let up. People get killed, maimed and incarcerated and now run over by the military vehicles. It has become a routine matter in Kashmir so the question of any extension in the ceasefire doesn't matter..." Geelani has said.
Who is Syed Ali Shah Geelani to decide the political future of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh? Why New Delhi's interlocutor Sharma wants to meet him? What is the BJP Government at the Centre up to? Does it not consider J&K a settled issue? The BJP needs to explain its position. It must tell the nation what it thinks about the political status of J&K vis-à-vis India. It can't say that J&K is an integral part of India and it shall ever remain so and it can't appoint an interlocutor at the same time to talk to what he calls "stakeholders" in Kashmir.
Why interlocutor if J&K is a settled issue? The sooner the BJP explains its position, the better for the nation and the people of the state. The BJP can't create a state of uncertainty in such a sensitive J&K state.
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