Indo-Pak Affairs

Advani’s claim baseless: APHC (M)

SRINAGAR: The All Parties Hurriyat Conference (M) has vehemently denied that it had entered into dialogue with the government of India within the ambit of the Indian constitution. Talking to the local news agency, KNS, the conglomerate’s chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, said the assertion of senior BJP leader and former deputy prime minister, L K Advani, that the government had made it clear that no proposal outside the constitution would be acceptable, was not based on facts.

“We talked to the government of India as the principal party to the Kashmir dispute,” the Mirwaiz told the agency, adding that no pre-condition had been imposed for the talks. He said the Indian government had made it abundantly clear that the talks were being held within the ambit of “humanity” and it was on this very premise that the Hurriyat Conference had agreed to enter into the dialogue with New Delhi.

“We talked only about the Kashmir issue and not for any incentives. There was no mention of the Indian constitution,” the Mirwaiz said. Till then, he said, the government of India acknowledged the members of the state legislature alone as the representatives of the state people.

“When the Hurriyat Conference joined the dialogue, the then deputy prime minister, L K Advani, admitted that Hurriyat alone represented the people of Kashmir,” Mirwaiz said, adding that Advani even admitted that the Kashmir dispute could not be resolved without the involvement of Pakistan. He said Advani had gone to the extent of saying that the issue could be solved through tripartite talks only.

The BJP leader L.K Advani in his book ‘My Country My Life’ has rejected the claims of the moderate All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq that he (Advani) had agreed to entertain any proposal “outside the Indian constitution” when they held talks with him in 2004. Advani also wrote that he and the APHC leaders had agreed to adopt a “step-by-step approach that would lead to the resolution of all outstanding issues relating to Jammu and Kashmir”.

The former deputy premier said that, during the dialogue, he had emphasised three points: “our firm commitment to peace, our flexibility on all reasonable issues raised by Hurriyat, and our uncompromising position on Jammu and Kashmir being an integral and inseparable part of India”. He also praised pro-freedom leaders who met him during his tenure, saying he found them to be genuine, earnest, and to some extent, open-minded in their interactions.
The Hurriyat leader Prof Abdul Gani Bhat told Greater Kashmir that the Hurriyat would react to it on Tuesday after deliberating it.-SANA

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