Centre not contemplating steps against Kashmiri separatists: Sources
A meeting of the all-party delegation that returned from Jammu and Kashmir is underway here on Wednesday to discuss the future strategy to bring to an end the nine-week unrest in the Valley.india Updated: Sep 07, 2016 13:38 IST
The Centre is not planning a crackdown on separatists, sources said on Wednesday, a day after reports talked about scaling down of security, withdrawal of passports and scrutiny of the banks accounts of Hurriyat leaders.
The all-party delegation that visited Jammu and Kashmir has returned with the feedback that the state government “failed” to deal with the situation while political leaders there continued to make “misleading statements”.
A summary of their findings was compiled by the home ministry and is being discussed at the all-party delegation meeting chaired by home minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi on Wednesday.
At least 75 people have lost their lives and over 10,000 injured in violent clashes between the security forces and civilians following the killing of militant commander Burhan Wani on July 8.
Wednesday’s meeting comes amid reports that the Centre is planning to harden its stance vis-à-vis Kashmiri separatist leaders who had given a cold shoulder to the 28-member all-party delegation that visited Srinagar last Sunday.
During the visit, it was reportedly found that “hartal (strike) calendars” were being issued every day from Pakistan under the name of Kashmiri separatist leaders, and hence stakeholders recommended that the separatists be isolated and dealt with strongly.
On Sunday, Hurriyat hardliner Syed Ali Shah Geelani had shut his door to CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury, CPI leader D Raja and two other MPs who tried to call on him at his Hyderpora home in Srinagar. The group met former Hurriyat head Abdul Ghani Bhat at his home in Jawahar Nagar, JKLF leader Yasin Malik at Humhama jail, and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Shabir Shah at Cheshma Shahi guesthouse, but the response of these separatist leaders was lukewarm, at best.
Separately, AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi met Mirwaiz, the Valley’s chief cleric, and moderate Hurriyat leader Shabir Shah.
Rajnath Singh had come down heavily on separatists for snubbing the MPs, saying that it’s against “Kashmiriyat” and “jamooriyat (democracy)”. Other members of the delegation have, however, not taken such a strident stance.
Yechury denied that there was any snub to Left leaders by separatists as they met four Hurriyat leaders. He also sought to blame the government for not doing the home work before the delegation visited Srinagar.
“Given how the separatists behaved, it would be difficult for any party to speak up for them. But whether there will be a consensus (at the meeting) on taking a hard line against Hurriyat leaders is difficult to say,” a senior Congress leader told HT ahead of the meeting.
Home minister Rajnath Singh, who led the delegation to the trouble-torn state, is expected to seek suggestions from the parliamentarians on the future course of action during the meeting. Various stakeholders in the Valley have recommended lifting the curfew, fixing accountability for excessive use of force by security forces, releasing all protestors and ending harassment of the youth.