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Omar , PC to find ways to protect sanctity of “ quiet talks"

As an immediate fallout of an assassination bid on a senior Hurriyat leader Fazal Haq Qureshi , the Centre and Jammu and Kashmir will explore how to carry forward and protect secrecy and sanctity of " quiet diplomacy and quiet talks,” to resolve the Kashmir issue, reports Arun Joshi.

india Updated: Dec 06, 2009 22:27 IST
Arun Joshi

As an immediate fallout of an assassination bid on a senior Hurriyat leader Fazal Haq Qureshi , the Centre and Jammu and Kashmir will explore how to carry forward and protect secrecy and sanctity of " quiet diplomacy and quiet talks,” to resolve the Kashmir issue .

Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and Union Home Minister P Chidambaram will discuss these matters in a meeting in New Delhi on Monday, according to official sources, privy to the nature of the proposed discussions between the two.

It will be explored as to how to carry forward the process so that its sanctity is not breached at any level.

The necessity to keep the talks quiet in the real sense of the word – politicians and bureaucrats keeping mum over the nature and venue of the talks and those sitting around the table – was intensely felt after Friday evening’s attack on Fazal Haq Qureshi, a senior Hurriyat leader.

He is currently undergoing treatment in the intensive care unit of Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences , Srinagar .

Fazal, is better known for his role as a facilitator for the direct talks between Hizb-ul-Mujahadeen and Centre in 2000, but the fact is that he was a point person of the both, the separatists and Delhi , for the 2009 round of talks as well.

The attack was seen as an attempt to derail the process by dialogue-hostile forces.

" But we will not allow these forces to succeed nor their designs to keep the pot of violence boiling, in the continuation of which they have developed a vested interest," Chief Minister had told a gathering in Srinagar on Saturday, marking the 104th birth anniversary of his grandfather Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah, whose return to mainstream in 1975, had ended a 22-year-long era political uncertainty and also brought political stability to the state for next 12 years in Jammu and Kashmir.

Now ,both Delhi and separatists have expressed their will to rescue the dialogue- emphatically voiced by Chidambaram and Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq. But the bigger task is to protect the sanctity of the talks, it is being felt.

The rules of the game would change . The state government and the Centre would ensure that the talks remain quiet, and no one leaks the news of the talks to media.

Intelligence Bureau it is learnt, has submitted his report as to who all have been leaking the reports to media, thus endangering the lives of pro-dialogue separatists .

The murderous assault on Fazal- Haq Qureshi has come as an evidence of this..

The secrecy is now need of the hour, and also a best way to carry forward the dialogue, official sources said.