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Hurriyat factions say no to dialogue

The high-power delegation reaching Kashmir on Monday is not likely to go to the affected areas or visit the families of those killed in the ongoing violence in the Valley.

india Updated: Sep 19, 2010 01:09 IST
Toufiq Rashid

The high-power delegation reaching Kashmir on Monday is not likely to go to the affected areas or visit the families of those killed in the ongoing violence in the Valley.

The delegation, led by Home Minister P. Chaidambaram, has expressed its desire to meet both the factions of the Hurriyat and the state government has been asked to extend invitations to them. However, both the factions have declined to meet them.

Hardline separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Saturday reiterated that he would not meet any team unless his five-point demands are met.

“Nobody can deny the importance of dialogue in resolving issue. Dialogue is important even during war, however since 1947 Delhi and Srinagar has had dialogue about 150 times but nothing has come out of it,’’ said Geelani.

Moderate Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umer Farooq said Hurriyat had not received a formal invite yet. But he was not hopeful. “It seems like an eyewash and not much is expected out of it,’’ he added.

The delegation will stay in Srinagar till Tuesday. According to sources, the team has no plans of visiting the affected areas or families of those killed. “Due to security reasons that is not possible but they are open to meeting anybody who comes to them,’’ said a source.

Congress state president Saifuddin Soz appealed to people to meet the delegation. “It’s a golden opportunity for everybody to appraise all the national leaders about the dimensions of their miseries,’’ said Soz.