The separatist leaders of both hardline and moderate Hurriyat factions on Wednesday attacked the “brutal attitude” of the Narendra Modi government during Pakistan Day celebrations in Delhi attended by the Union Environment Minister Prakash Javdekar.
Javadekar was the guest at the event, where presence of his ministerial colleague V K Singh last year had drawn flak from the media.
The environment minister stayed at the event for nearly 20 minutes as he extended his “best wishes” to the Pakistani people on the sidelines.
As reported by PTI, chairman of the moderate faction of Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said he had expected the current BJP-led dispensation to follow the “Vajpayee policy” towards Kashmir, but the Modi government “hardened” its position.
Farooq said any dialogue bereft of involvement of the three parties–Hurriyat, Kashmiris and Pakistan–would not succeed in resolving the issues faced by the restive border state.
“We were expecting that the BJP would go back to the Vajpayee policy. But till now there has been no such indication. On the contrary, it has hardened its position. The Kashmir issue is not any economic or law and order issue, it’s a political issue. Till the time a political approach is taken, there would not be any progress,” he told reporters at the event hosted at the Pakistan High Commission.
Vajpayee, while visiting Jammu and Kashmir as prime minister in 2003, had talked about holding talks with separatists on Kashmir “within the ambit of Insaniyat”, after the separatists had not agreed to hold talks within the ambit of the Constitution.
Hardline separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, who was also present, said the Modi government was no different from the UPA dispensation which also had a “brutal attitude” towards Kashmir.
“India portrays itself as a democratic nation. But its behavior with the minority communities including Muslims, Sikhs, Dalits paints the opposite picture,” he said.