Mehbooba calls on Modi, J&K talks may include separatists
KASHMIR OUTREACH State govt and Centre likely to allow all-party delegation to meet Hurriyat
Decks looked clear on Saturday for a meeting between Kashmiri separatists and members of an all-party delegation scheduled to visit Srinagar early next month.
The Centre and the state government have agreed no member of the delegation will be stopped from engaging with the separatists , sources said after a meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and chief minister Mehbooba Mufti .
Talks with separatists might help restore normality in Kashmir, where 70 people have been killed in street protests against the gunning down of militant commander Burhan Wani by security forces last month. The region has been under curfew for a record 50 days.
“The meeting with PM was a confidence boosting measure for Mehbooba…,” a senior government official with knowledge of the meeting said on the condition of anonymity. This was Mufti’s first meeting with Modi since trouble started in Kashmir.
Mufti exhorted the separatists to help her government end the violence. Her party, PDP, later urged separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani to treat her as his daughter and give her “the opportunity she deserves”.
PDP sources said Mufti suggested to Modi a “three-pronged action plan”, including involving separatists and Pakistan in substantive talks. She also asked for “an institutional mechanism of interlocutors” to talk to all stakeholders in Kashmir.
In 2010, a meeting between an The curfew in Srinagar (above) completed 50 days as J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti (left) met PM Narendra Modi on Saturday. all-party team and separatists helped restore calm after similar street protests. The then UPA government also sent interlocutors to Kashmir but their recommendations have gathered dust.