No quiet dialogue on between India, separatists: Mirwaiz
Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, who heads the moderate Hurriyat group, Friday said no quiet dialogue was going on between the Indian government and the local separatist leaders.india Updated: May 21, 2010 23:33 IST
Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, who heads the moderate Hurriyat group, Friday said no quiet dialogue was going on between the Indian government and the local separatist leaders.
Addressing a huge gathering of supporters in Eidgah grounds here, he dismissed "as propaganda of the Indian government" the assertions of Home Secretary G.K. Pillai that "quiet diplomacy" had been going on with the Kashmiri separatist leaders.
Mirwaiz suggested to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh "to start an all inclusive dialogue by inviting Pakistan and the Kashmiri separatist leadership to resolve the 60-year long Kashmir problem". The prime minister is visiting the state early next month.
Mirwaiz also alleged that human rights of Kashmiris were being violated across Kashmir by the Indian security forces.
He addressed the supporters to pay homage to his father, the late Mirwaiz Muhammad Farooq, who was killed this day in 1990 by unidentified gunmen in his uptown Nigeen residence of the city.
The older Mirwaiz is buried in the martyrs' graveyard adjacent to the Eidgah grounds.
After the rally dispersed, youth resorted to heavy stone pelting on the deployed police and the paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). Additional contingents had to be rushed to quell the violent mobs.
The violent protests were going on in the old city areas of Srinagar till late Friday evening with the security forces using batons and tear smoke shells to disperse the irate protesters.
First Published: May 21, 2010 23:30 IST