Hizbul Appeals To Separatists Not To Hold Talks With New Delhi

26 July 2009
The Hindu

Srinagar: Describing the earlier talks between Hurriyat Conference and the Central government as a 'mistake', PoK-based militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen on Sunday appealed to the moderate separatist leaders to stay away from such 'futile' exercise in future. 'I appeal the moderate hurriyat leadership that they should not affect or stigmatise the international status of Kashmir issue and tripartite nature of the problem, which is the most important (by entering into dialogue with New Delhi),' supreme commander of Hizbul Mujahideen Syed Sallahuddin said in an interview to a leading English daily. He claimed moderate separatists, especially Mirwaiz, did many rounds of talks with New Delhi but ultimately he publicly said the Central government is 'neither serious nor sincere' on the issue. Salahuddin, who is based in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, said the talks only strengthen the position of New Delhi at international level. Linking peace in the region with the solution of Kashmir issue, he stressed the involvement of Kashmiri people in the dialogue process between India and Pakistan, saying normalcy or peace in the region is impossible till the resolution of Kashmir issue in accordance with the wishes and aspirations of the people.