De­spite Hur­riyat boy­cott call, some Kash­miris meet Cen­tre’s in­ter­locu­tor

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strings at­tached and told the me­dia that he would try his best “to bring all sep­a­ratists on board in mean­ing­ful Sri­na­gar-Delhi talks”. Sources said that the 42 del­e­ga­tions Sharma met in Kash­mir val­ley, in­clud­ing youths and some NGOs, ap­prised him of the “dis­mal hu­man rights sit­u­a­tion” and sug­gested an “un­con­di­tional di­a­logue” with the Hur­riyat. How­ever, prom­i­nent civil so­ci­ety mem­bers, the Kash­mir Bar As­so­ci­a­tion, aca­demi­cians and in­tel­lec­tu­als stayed away from meet­ing him. A group of youths from down­town Sri- na­gar met Sharma in a guest house in Sri­na­gar. The meet was ar­ranged by divi­sional com­mis­sioner, Kash­mir, Baseer Ah­mad Khan, who also ar­ranged all other del­e­ga­tions in Kash­mir for Sharma.

Sens­ing the im­pact of the “boy­cott call’ given by the sep­a­ratists not to meet him, Sharma dropped in at the res­i­dence of for­mer Chief Min­is­ter and Na­tional Con­fer­ence (NC) work­ing pres­i­dent Omar Ab­dul­lah and held a de­tailed meet­ing with him at his Gup­kar Road res­i­dence. The NC and Omar Ab­dul­lah’s fa­ther, Fa­rooq Ab­dul­lah have slammed the Cen­tre for “wast­ing the time of the Kash­miris” by send­ing in­ter­locu­tors. Omar Ab­dul­lah was quick to tweet that he met Sharma in his per­sonal ca­pac­ity. Omar Ab­dul­lah said that the Cen­tre, es­pe­cially the PMO, has un­der­mined Sharma’s man­date to hold a broad­based di­a­logue in Kash­mir. Sharma met for­mer Union Min­is­ter and Congress leader Sai­fud­din Soz. Soz told The Sun­day Guardian that he told Sharma that he should start from where other groups and in­ter­locu­tors have left. He said that Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi should take Par­lia­ment into con­fi­dence and an­nounce a road map for a Kash­mir so­lu­tion from there. Fa­rooq Ab­dul­lah told this news­pa­per that suc­ces­sive gov­ern­ments in Delhi have only de­ceived the peo­ple of Jammu & Kash­mir. “This is a joke with the peo­ple of Kash­mir. What talks will he hold when PM Modi has called even the au­ton­omy seek­ers the en­e­mies of the coun­try? This is an eye­wash as the BJP and RSS are busy hatch­ing con­spir­a­cies against the spe­cial sta­tus of J&K,” Fa­rooq Ab­dul­lah said.

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