Track-II par­leys be­hind sep­a­ratists’ talks of­fer

The Sunday Guardian - - Nation -

Con­cil­i­a­tion Re­sources (CR), a Bri­tish non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion, or­gan­ised the Dubai con­fer­ence for Kash­mir, in which par­tic­i­pants had the green light from New Delhi to look for ways and means to end the Kash­mir con­flict. It was held from 31 July to 2 Au­gust this year. The par­tic­i­pants in­cluded con­ver­nor of Mir­waiz Hur­riyat, Syed Faiz Ah­mad Naqash­bandi, for­mer Ja­maat Amir of PoK, Ab­dul Rasheed Turabi, PoK Speaker of Leg­isla­tive Assem­bly and Mus­lim League (N) Shah Ghu­lam Qadir and many oth­ers, in­clud­ing many civil so­ci­ety mem­bers from the Kash­mir Val­ley. Among the jour­nal­ists was Iftikhar Gee­lani, son-in­law of Syed Ali Shah Gee­lani. For­mer Air Vice Mar­shal Kapil Kak was also present in the con­fer­ence.

Kash­mir Bar As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Mian Ab­dul Qay­oom, who is re­garded as close to Syed Ali Shah Gee­lani, was sum­moned by the NIA for ques­tion­ing on the ba­sis of some “firm in­puts”. But as the con­tours of the di­a­logue process be­came vis­i­ble, the NIA gave a “clean chit” to Qay­oom on his sec­ond ques­tion­ing at New Delhi. Re­ports said that a Cab­i­net min­is­ter of Me­hbooba Mufti, along with his brother, who is an ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber of Mir­waiz Hur­riyat, was also help­ing in the di­a­logue process. They were work­ing be­hind the scenes to avoid me­dia glare. Re­ports said that some mod­er­ate Hur­riyat lead­ers, in­clud­ing Ab­dul Gani Bhat, were not sum­moned by the NIA though there was “enough ev­i­dence” to call them to New Delhi for ques­tion­ing. Sources told this newspaper that the Cen­tre was not in a hurry to an­nounce any break­through, but do more home­work be­fore open­ing any chan­nel of com­mu­ni­ca­tion, even Track-II ne­go­ti­a­tions. Sources said that dur­ing his four-day visit, Union Home Min­is­ter Ra­j­nath Singh was briefed by the “quar­ters con­cerned” about the progress to look for se­ri­ous di­a­logue with the Kash­miri lead­er­ship, which Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi wants to be “ir­re­versible”.

IANS

Union Home Min­is­ter Ra­j­nath Singh (cen­tre) ad­dresses a press con­fer­ence in Jammu on Tues­day.

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