Delhi- Huriyat talks will be Pointless: Navlakha

‘Taliban’s possible entry in Kashmir Govt propaganda’

SRINAGAR: Claiming the dialogue between separatist leadership and Delhi will be ‘point less’, Gautam Navlakha the noted human rights activist on Tuesday said talks between the two parties have not yielded anything in the past.

Talking to KNS on the sidelines of Robert Thorpe award ceremony, Navlakha said: “Nothing positive is expected to come out of these talks.”

When asked about the outcome of any future talks  between Delhi and Kashmiri leadership, Navlakha said that the government of India has already made it clear after executing Afzal Guru that it was not serious in resolving the dispute and that there was no change in its policy vis-à-vis Kashmir.

“The talks scheduled to be held between Huriyat and Delhi will be pointless and nothing will come out of it.” He further mentioned that the government at Delhi has already made it clear that the resolution of Kashmir will be under the purview of the Indian Constitution and that dialogues in the past also have not yielded anything for Kashmir. “The interlocutors report on Kashmir doesn’t even accept the Delhi agreement of 1952 and everyone knows what they have offered to the people here.” 

The noted human rights activist also observed that New Delhi is propagating the Taliban glamour in Kashmir ‘just to serve its own political interests and to weaken the ongoing freedom struggle.’

“Taliban glamour is not as big as it is being made out by the government. Through this sheer propaganda, government wants to weaken the ongoing resistance movement in Kashmir,” he said adding that the government is involved in the Taliban propaganda just to divide the people of Kashmir on ground.

“When there is any popular movement by people, the government tries every possible way to crush that and this is what it is doing by propagating that Taliban will make their entry in Kashmir in the coming time. ”

Navlakha said that youth here are being pushed to the wall and that they are being forced to explore other options for the resolution of Kashmir.  “Nothing here has changed, we have to accept the fact that everything here is in the control of Delhi. They didn’t even fulfill the promises that they had made with the people here earlier that the AFSPA will be lifted from the districts of Srinagar and Budgam. ”

He further said that the election boycott calls issued by the Kashmir’s leadership, for the forthcoming parliamentary assembly and polls, have the vital relevance at present and that it is the important part of the political activity in Kashmir. However he further mentioned that the elections do not have any impact on the dimensions of Kashmir resolution and that the people here vote only for roads, electricity and not for the resolution of Kashmir issue.

Commenting over the recently introduced none of the above option (NOTA) in the electronic voting machines (EVMs) by the election commission of India, Navlakha said that the people here in Kashmir can utilize the option during the forthcoming polls and send the message to the outer world that the people don’t have any interest in the election fray. “If the people in large number press the NOTA button, its impact will be interesting and effective.” 

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