May 2018 News

Clear Ambiguity, We're Ready For Dialogue: JRL To GoI

29 May 2018
Rising Kashmir


Srinagar: Reacting to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh's talk offer, the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik Tuesday said they were ready to join the dialogue process perovided New Delhi cleared ambiguity and talked in one voice. Geelani, Mirwaiz and Malik met at Geelani's Rehmatabad Hyderpora residence and discussed Delhi's talks offer threadbare. After the conclusion of the meeting, the three leaders issued a joint statement in which they said statements emanating regarding talks in last few days from different people at helm of affairs in New Delhi, are 'unclear and ambiguous'. 'The JRL wants to put all this in perspective and once again reiterate its stand. Any effort that Government of India (GoI) makes in this direction will find takers in Kashmir and Pakistan. Let GoI give clarity on what it wants to talk about and speak in one language, we are ready to join the process,' reads the statement. The leaders said while Rajnath says there should be dialogue with separatists and Pakistan, Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj ruled out comprehensive dialogue with Pakistan, the BJP president Amit Shah also gave a spin to the ceasefire saying it's not for militants but people while J&K DGP issued a statement that it's for militants to return home. 'All this ambiguity leaves little room to consider the talk about talks seriously with a purpose or warrant a response,' they said. 'The JRL wants to put all this in perspective and once again reiterate its stand. These statements have come a few days after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in Srinagar that the panacea to the Kashmir problem is 'development' and 'peace is a prerequisite for that to happen, putting the onus of bringing peace on people will be absolving government of India of all role and responsibility in the matter,' the leaders. The JRL said New Delhi was deliberately choosing to ignore the historic background of Kashmir problem and internal and external dimensions. 'It was like Modi was playing a cruel joke on the people'. 'Now the question is 'what are these talks about and to whom Rajnath Singh is referring. What is the agenda of these talks? Is it to be about Modi's suggestion of development,' they said. The leaders said they don't want to score points by highlighting the discrepancies and conflicts but want to understand what GoI is conveying through them to respond accordingly. They said J&K people, who are at the receiving end of lingering 70-year old conflict, are most keen to find an end to it. 'And hence have always advocated that being a political and human issue, it needs to be addressed politically and not militarily as GoI has been doing. And for a political resolution of the conflict, dialogue among stakeholders is the best option available,' the leaders said. They said since J&K is a divided territory and half of it is in Pakistan, the Kashmir dispute has three stakeholders - India, Pakistan and people J&K. The leaders underscored that the meaningful talks based on a clear agenda and sincerity among all three stakeholders is an assured and peaceful way to resolve the Kashmir conflict in all its forms and dimensions. 'Absence of any one stake holder in the process will not yield to any solution, they said. 'Any effort that GoI makes in this direction will find takers in Kashmir and Pakistan. Let GoI give clarity on what it wants to talk about and speak in one Language we are ready to join the process. The stakes for people of Kashmir are very high. We have invested heavily in our struggle for Right-to-Self-Determination (RSD) and cannot afford to be part of an ambiguous effort that has no clarity and direction,' added the three leaders

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