Even as the Hurriyat Conference was seeking to overcome its own contradictions vis-à-vis talks with Centre to resolve Kashmir issue, Pakistan Friday threw a spanner the way it did nine years ago, and also to breach the secrecy of the quiet diplomacy and talks propounded by Delhi and the Hurriyat Conference.
The statement of Pakistani foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi in Multan, Pakistan, Friday that the talks between the Hurriyat Conference and Delhi cannot succeed without the participation of at the talks table, s seen as an attempt by to stall the dialogue.
Qureshi has pitched for a tripartite dialogue – , and the representatrives of Kashmir, in this case, Hurriyat Conference, setting aside the agenda of the Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.
Umar Farooq is aiming at tri-angular dialogue- talks with Delhi on the one hand and with the other, which had invited Mirwaiz Umar Farooq to and ironically the invitation was extended by Qureshi when Mirwaiz was in New York attending the OIC Conference.
This sudden change of heart in Pakistani establishment, combined with Qureshi’s denial of back channel diplomacy on Kashmir between and , is aimed at scuttling Indian Home Minister P Chidambaram’s assertion for “ quiet diplomacy and quiet talks.
It was in the same manner in July- August 2000, when had influenced the occupied Kashmir based Hizb-ul-Mujahadeen chief Syed Salaha-ud-Din to retract from the talks offer and threaten to recall the ceasefire announced by his colleague Majid Dar.
That withdrawal of the ceasefire, announced by Dar on July 24, 2000, within next fortnight, not only derailed the Centre-Hizb talks , but also brought in a new wave of violence in Kashmir.
It was only during the era of former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf, who ruled out ’s claim on Kashmir, showed willingness to do away with the United Nations resolutions on Kashmir, that Hurriyat and Delhi held bilateral talks four times.
The current Pakistani establishment, it seems, is also irritated over the repeated stress by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on the implementation of the four-point formula on Kashmir- irrelevant borders, joint mechanism of and over the two parts of Kashmir, demilitarization and self-governance.