SRINAGAR: Pro-freedom groups on Sunday blamed Indian leadership for cancellation of talks between national security advisors (NSAs) of India and Pakistan.
Senior Hurriyat leader, Javaid Ahmad Mir expressed his disappointment over the cancellation of talks between the two countries.
He said Kashmiris were the main stakeholders of the Kashmir dispute. He said India should shun its stubbornness and take tangible and concrete steps for the settlement of the issue.
The NSA-level talks proposed for Sunday between the two countries collapsed on Saturday after External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj virtually gave an ultimatum to Islamabad to give a commitment that it would not go ahead with meeting pro-freedom groups.
Indian ruling dispensation is responsible for failure of NSA-level talks. Kashmiri people have given lots of sacrifices for their right of self determination,” Mir said while reacting to India’s stand.
He said that Indian policy succumbs to TV debates. “It is very unfortunate that BJP govt has once again shown its rigidity by demanding talks be confined to discussing terror,” Mir said.
“The two countries can’t discuss Kashmir issue without Kashmiris. BJP double standard and rigidity is no way out. We are dismayed over the mounting tensions between the two countries over NSA level talks,” he said.
The former militant commander turned pro-freedom politician said that the BJP led government at the centre was violating the concept of former prime minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
“Kashmiri people are not scapegoats. History is witness to the fact that bilateral talks have always ended up in failure,” Mir added.
Reacting over the collapse of talks, Jammu Kashmir National Front chairman, Nayeem Khan termed India’s attitude towards Kashmir dispute as “belligerent”.
“Indian belligerence and obstinacy to kill Kashmir by undermining the pro-freedom leadership only shows fascist, colonial and imperial stance of New Delhi, which can only be dismissed with the disdain it deserves,” Khan said in a statement.
He said that New Delhi was trying to escape from Kashmir dispute and “its hue and cry over Kashmiri pro-freedom leaders meeting Pakistan are self defeating.”
“What else is such burning issue as Kashmir, that India and Pakistan need to talk and resolve,” he asked.
He said by denying Kashmiris their rights, the “BJP government of New Delhi can’t rest in peace.”
“No country in the world which swears by democracy can dictate terms and set pre-conditions to another sovereign state when the basic aim of their dialogue is to settle the core issue,” Khan said.
He accused India of trying to bury the core issue of Kashmir by trying to engage Pakistan in peripheral issues.
He said that New Delhi was trying to “deceive everybody by creating a drama of dialogue.”
“Not ready to talk Kashmir and involve its genuine leadership, India is in fact deceiving its own people and putting the stability of the whole region at stake,” Khan.
“This is condemnable that whenever it suits India, New Delhi beats the drum of dialogue using terminology and conditions of its own choice but practically it always runs away from dialogue and tries to put onus on others using different excuses,” he said.
He also appreciated Pakistan on its stance about Kashmir and dialogue.
Other pro- freedom leaders including Hakeem Abdul Rashid of Muslim Democratic League, Mohammad Yousuf Naqash of Islamic Political Party and Bilal Sidiqi of Tehreeke Mazhmat in a joint statement appreciated the role of Pakistan for remaining steadfast in its stand on Kashmir issue.
The leaders reaffirmed that involvement of Kashmir resistance leadership was the key to resolution of Kashmir issue and said that “India was running away from talks and adopting brutal tactics against people of Kashmir.”
“The hegemonic stand of India can lead to atomic war in region and India should stop suppressing masses and adopt realistic attitude otherwise its stubbornness can burn entire South Asian region,” the statement said.