Baramulla: People’s Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti said on Monday that it is not necessary to have Hurriyat’s say in every Indo-Pak dialogue.
Talking to reporters on the sidelines of a party convention at Baramulla, Mehbooba said that if the two countries hold talks over border firing, “I don’t feel there should be a role for Hurriyat leaders.”
She was answering a reporter’s question on the aborted National Security Level-talks between the two countries. Pakistan had said it won’t attend the talks if Kashmir is not on the agenda. Also, it had declined to accept India’s condition that no consultations should be held with Hurriyat leaders ahead of the scheduled dialogue.
Mehbooba, who was missing in action ever since her party entered into an alliance with the BJP—during election campaigning she had said such an alliance was never possible—also said that PDP’s ‘self rule’ formula was the “only solution to Kashmir issue”. The party has never clearly defined what it means by ‘self rule’.
She said there is no substitute to dialogue and the policy of peace and reconciliation put in place by her party after 2002 assembly elections.
“Unfortunately the successive governments in the state didn’t pursue the process of reconciliation initiated under the leadership of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 2002. Even the cross LoC bus flagged off in 2003 was never changed,” she said.