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Meeting between Separatists, Dineshwar likely after Eid: Reports


Srinagar, Jun 06: Centre’s special representative to Jammu and Kashmir, Dineshwar Sharma, is likely to meet separatist leadership in the Valley after Eid-ul-Fitar.
According to the reports, the ground is being laid for a meeting between Dineshwar Sharma, and the separatist leadership in the Valley.
“The meeting between Sharma and the separatists may happen after Eid following a review of the government’s initiative to halt operations against militants in the Valley during Ramzan. The review will also have bearing on the any decision to extend period for halt on operations in the Valley,” said a government official familiar with the deliberations on the issue, speaking on condition of anonymity.
The report said that government officials and separatists have confirmed, even as New Delhi makes renewed efforts to restore peace in a region.
Recently, Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh had said that the Centre is ready to talk to the Hurriyat Conference if they wanted the dialogue process should be started, even if Pakistan comes for a dialogue, New Delhi is ready.
According to sources, Sharma is trying hard to pave a way for talks between the New Delhi and separatist camp.
The Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Jammu and Kashmir in-charge, Ram Madhav, has also indicated that the government was willing to talk to the Hurriyat. “Once we come to the end of Ramzan, we will take realistic assessment of the situation and certainly the government will take a view,” he told CNN News 18.
Senior separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who is also part of the Joint Resistant Leadership (JLR) of the Hurriyat Conference, along with Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Yasin Malik said, “Let GOI (government of India) come with clarity on what it wants to talk about, we are ready to reciprocate.” Mirwaiz added that the people of Kashmir have the biggest stake in peace as they are at they are at the receiving end of the conflict.
“Being the worst affected, we are most keen to find a solution and hence have always advocated that being a political and human issue it needs to be addressed likewise and dialogue among the three stakeholders is the best process and option available. Hurriyat stands for dialogue and we urge the government of India to shun its military approach to the issue and rather than vaguely talking about “development” and “peace” we need to focus on resolution and negotiations,” he said.
On May 29 when the DGMOs spoke, the JLR issued a statement asking the Indian government to provide clarity on what it wanted to talk about and speak in one voice.
A top separatist said on the condition of anonymity that the statement was issued after internal deliberations for two days.
“Every word in the statement was reviewed and re-reviewed. We avoided mentioning the United Nations resolutions (on Kashmir that calls for a referendum). Hurriyat has always been for resolution of the Kashmir dispute through democratic means,” said a senior separatist leader who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
The separatist leader added that Hurriyat understands the import of the announcement halting operations in the Valley and also the import of the Indo-Pak decision to re-emphasise the 2003 ceasefire at the Line of Control and the International Border.