Mehbooba Mufti invites Hurriyat leaders for talks with all-party delegation


In an unusual development, Jammau and Kashmir chief minister, Mehbooba Mufti, has chosen to invite separatists for talks with All Party Delegation visiting the valley on Sunday.

The announcement came barely hours after the CPI-M general secretary, Sitaram Yechury, 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.

Mufti’s decision has come in sharp contradiction to the stand taken her alliance partner, the BJP, which has always opposed involving the Hurriyat leaders in seeking a solution on Kashmir.

The NSA-level talks between India and Pakistan last year had to be cancelled after Pakistani High Commissioner, Abdul Basit, invited Hurriyat leaders to Delhi ahead of NSA-level talks.

Taking a dig at Mufti, the former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister, Omar Abdullah, said that the confusing policy of the chief minister was what leading the Kashmir to burn.

Abdullah tweeted, “As CM she arrests them & as @jkpdp president she invites them to talk and then we wonder why Kashmir burns!!!! When the CM of J&K isn’t clear in her own head about the way forward how do we expect her government to react & act as a cohesive unit?”

Meanwhile, 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.