JAMMU: Rejecting the appointment of a team of three interlocutors headed by a journalist as a futile exercise, senior pro-freedom leaders on Wednesday accused New Delhi of being non-serious to resolve the Kashmir dispute. Srinagar, Oct 13: All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC), JKLF chief and Syed Ali Gillani rejected the appointment of a team of three interlocutors as a futile exercise, and accused New Delhi of being non-serious to resolve the Kashmir dispute.
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik suggested forming an all-party delegation of Parliamentarians of India and Pakistan to pave way for resolution of the dispute while Veteran Kashmiri leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani refused to be part of the dialogue process unless his five demands are met.
APHC chairman Mirwiaz Umar Farooq termed appointment of interlocutors as completely non-serious initiative by Indian government.
“India should first identify the reason to appoint the interlocutors. Dialogue process is step two, step one is that there should be change in the ground realities first. Dialogue and oppression cannot go together,”
He said until India doesn’t act upon Hurriyat’s four points, they won’t enter into any sort of dialogue with Delhi. Without questioning the credibility of the appointed interlocutors, he said it seems it is a group sent on a fact finding mission.
“In a joint memorandum, our party and JKLF had urged India and Pakistan to set up a Kashmir committee that would look exclusively into the resolution of Kashmir issue,” he added.
JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik termed the appointment of interlocutors as a “joke” with Kashmiri people. “The move to appoint apolitical persons shows that India is not serious in resolving the Kashmir issue. I have nothing personal against the interlocutors but our party’s stand is that the appointment of interlocutors or announcement of a dialogue process is futile until India accepts 5 conditions put forth by our party,” veteran Kashmiri leader Syed Ali said.
Geelani had demanded in August that India accept Jammu and Kashmir as a dispute. He also sought release all political prisoners including those arrested for stone-pelting, withdrawal of armed forces from the state, putting an end to human rights violations and arresting the cops responsible for the civilian killings during the recent unrest in the Valley.-SANA