Srinagar: Former J&K chief minister and senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad told reporters that former prime minister Manmohan Singh and his team will not hold talks with either of the two Hurriyats (factions of Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq).
“I have seen the list of 45 political parties and other groups we will be meeting here, but I did not find Hurriyat in that list,” Azad replied when he was asked whether the Manmohan-led group will hold talks with the Hurriyat.
Criticising the PDP-BJP government, Azad said that Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti had time and again said that dialogue should be started with all stakeholders, but never named who the stakeholders were.
“She is shying away from naming who these stakeholders are,” Azad said.
Azad is part of the nine-member ‘Kashmir Policy Group’ that has come under the leadership of Manmohan Singh to form a party policy on Kashmir on a “permanent basis”.
Azad said that the BJP came into power by pitching militancy in Kashmir as “against the rest of the country”.
He blamed Narendra Modi’s government in New Delhi for the growing incidents of violence in Jammu and Kashmir.
“One soldier was beheaded during the UPA government in Jammu and Kashmir by terrorists and the BJP exploited the issue to the hilt against the Congress,” he said.
“Such incidents have also taken place during the Modi government but they do not talk about it now,” he added.