Include Hurriyat, Pak in Kashmir dialogue: Cong leader Saifuddin Soz

  • Agencies, New Delhi
  • Updated: Mar 19, 2015 15:28 IST

Congress leader Saifuddin Soz has said that Hurriyat and Pakistan should be part of a dialogue to solve the "Kashmir issue".

Reacting to BJP president Amit Shah's statement that his party wants the "Kashmir issue" resloved, Soz said , "If Amit Shah wants to promote dialogue then everybody wants resolution of political imbroglio via talks."

Batting for hardline faction Hurriyat and the nuclear-armed neighbour country to be part of any such talks, he added, "Yes, Hurriyat should also be part of dialogue. And why not Pakistan, we should talk to them too."

BJP president Amit Shah had said on Tuesday that his party would not compromise on national interest and could end its alliance with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) if the "Kashmir issue" is not solved.

"People of this country have blessed us like Lord Shiva and given us a very big responsibility. BJP will never compromise on national interest, merely to remain in power in Jammu and Kashmir," Shah said, addressing BJP workers in his assembly constituency Naranpura in Ahemdabad.

The BJP-PDP ruling alliance in J-K has been buffeted by separatist leader Masarat Alam's release as well as chief minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed's statement crediting Pakistan and separatists for the peaceful December polls.

"The government (in J-K) has been formed only to solve Kashmir issue and I have full trust that we will find a solution to this issue. If it (solution of Kashmir issue) does not come about, then nobody can stop our party workers from leaving the coalition government," Shah said.

Opposition parties have cornered the BJP in Parliament over the release of 42-year-old hardline separatist Alam, who played a key role in the 2010 anti-India protests in the Valley that led to more than 100 deaths in police firing. BJP's ally Shiv Sena have also criticised the move.

Union home minister Singh had recently said his government's top priority was national security and not continuance of the government in the state. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had also clarified before the Lok Sabha that Alam's release was not acceptable and that the government won't tolerate any compromise on the nation's integrity.

The PDP-BJP coalition came after a fractured verdict in the assembly polls held last year. While PDP was the largest party with 28 seats in the 87-member House, the BJP had won 25. The NC bagged 15 and Congress 12. The Sajjad Lone-led People's Conference won 2 seats.

(With inputs from PTI, ANI)

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