Geelani, Malik say offer of internal dialogue a ‘deception’

Wasim Khalid

Srinagar: Kashmir’s azadi camp has dismissed “facilitation, or offer of internal dialogue,”—mentioned in the PDP-BJP Agenda of Alliance—as a “drama to make the pro-India leaders relevant here.”
“The talk of initiating dialogue with pro-freedom leadership is a drama,” Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani told Kashmir Reader on Wednesday.
The Agenda of Alliance states that the previous NDA government led by former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had initiated a dialogue process with all political groups, including the Hurriyat Conference, “in spirit of insaniyat, Kashmiriyat aur jamooriyat.”
The document also reads that the coalition government will facilitate and help initiate a meaningful dialogue with all internal stakeholders, which will include all political groups irrespective of their ideological views and predilections. “This dialogue will seek to build broad based consensus on resolution of all outstanding issues of J&K.”
But Geelani said the dialogue offer was a political deception to gain sympathy. “Holding talks with the state government or New Delhi is useless,” he said.
Geelani reiterated his five conditions which he had put forth when Indian leaders approached him with talks offer at the height of street ‘intifada’ in the Valley in 2010
“India should accept Kashmir an international dispute; demilitarize Kashmir; repeal draconian laws including AFSPA and PSA; release all political prisoners; and punish the killers of 128 youth who were murdered in 2010. If Delhi accepts these five conditions, we are ready for talks,” the octogenarian said over phone from Delhi.
Geelani said, “We won’t hold bilateral or internal talks. They are useless. The talks must be tripartite which should include Pakistan, Kashmir’s resistance leadership and India to resolve the Kashmir dispute.”
He charged PDP and BJP with working on an anti-Kashmir agenda.
“PDP patron Mufti (Mohammad) Sayeed is speaking against the settlement of West Pakistan Refugees in the state, but in the so-called Agenda of Alliance it becomes clear that he surrendered before the BJP.
“The mask has been lifted. Mufti who used to say he would protect the Kashmiri interests is now trading Kashmiris’ interests for power,” Geelani added.
JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik too described the PDP-BJP offer of facilitating dialogue with pro-freedom leadership as meaningless.
“Both PDP and BJP has made concerted efforts to change the political contours of the Kashmir issue by reducing the debate to Article 370,” Malik said.
“BJP has an unambiguous agenda on Kashmir. It wants complete integration of Kashmir with India. In such a scenario opening talks with India is obviously a meaningless exercise. It’s a drama enacted to gain public attention,” Malik said.