Invite Hurriyat for talks, announce CBMs: Sitaram Yechury


The CPI(M) on Saturday said that the government should invite Hurriyat Conference for talks with the all-party delegation and announce confidence building measure during its visit to Kashmir.

Coming out of a briefing held by the government for members of the delegation, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury said, “Government should invite Hurriyat for talks with the all-party delegation” when it visits Kashmir from tomorrow.

He also suggested that confidence building measures should be announced during the visit of the delegation.

An interactive session to brief MPs who will be part of the 30-member all-party delegation was held today to make them aware of the prevailing situation in Jammu and Kashmir and contours of the tour during which they will hold talks with a cross-section of people.

The prevailing ground situation in Jammu and Kashmir and positions and views of different stake holders, individuals and groups were conveyed to the parliamentarians.

The exercise was undertaken to ensure that all MPs speak in tandem and there is consensus among the lawmakers while speaking to a cross-section of people, aiming to bring peace in the state, sources said.

The CPI(M) and CPI will also hold consultations with civil society members and intellectuals to seek their views over the issue today.

“…we should address the trust deficit among people of Kashmir and, therefore, we should meet all the stakeholders without any pre-condition and hear them and then try to find solution,” Yechury had said yesterday.

The delegation, to be led by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, will visit the Valley on 4-5 September.

(With PTI inputs)