Hurriyat Must Break The Ice For Fresh Talks
23 July 2005
The Indian Express
Srinagar: Union Minister of State for Home Shriprakash Jaiswal today said that the Centre was willing to talk to Hurriyat Conference but the initiative for fresh talks must be taken by the Hurriyat leaders. Briefing mediapersons in Srinagar, Jaiswal said that the Centre had already extended an invitation to the Hurriyat leadership. 'No fresh invitation will be extended to the Hurriyat. If they are interested, they should come forward through a proper channel,' the minister said. The Union Minister was here to review security arrangements in the aftermath of a series of violent incidents including car bombs. Reacting over the invitation of talks extended by Hurriyat to the Centre, Jaiswal said, 'Government cannot send or accept any invitation to Hurriyat Conference just through newspaper reports. If Hurriyat leaders are serious, they should come forward set a date, so that the government can consider it seriously,' he said. Jaiswal, however, said that no compromise would be made on sovereignty of the nation. The minister appreciated the meeting of migrant Hindus with the Hurriyat leaders. 'It is good, the migrant leaders and Hurriyat leaders are coming closer,' he said, adding that those who want to return should not be scared of militant threats. 'The bonding of Kashmiryat will foil nefarious designs of militants,' he said. Jaiswal said that the security forces were expecting infiltration bids on from across the Line of Control as snow had damaged fence at many places. The Minister, however, took some comfort in the fact that the militants would not be able to infiltrate into the Indian side in groups. 'Our troops are ready to face any challenge,' he said. Commenting on the spurt in incidents of violence including suicide attacks, the Union Minister said that militants were doing such attacks in desperation. The acts of violence could never derail the peace process initiated by the government, he said. 'Restoration of peace is biggest enemy of militants. And that's why they want to derail the peace process,' Jaiswal said.