Ex Kashmir Pointman Says Delhi-Hurriyat Talks On

SRINAGAR: New Delhi's former Kashmir pointman A.S.Dulat Saturday claimed that talks between New Delhi and Hurriyat were on and MOS Homes statement in parliament was based on facts.

Dulat, who served as Officer on Special Duty at PMO during Atal Bihari Vajpayee government also played a key role in facilitating first rounds of Hurriyat-Delhi dialogue.

Before serving as OSD in PMO, Dulat was chief of India's external inrelligence agency, the Research & Analysis Wing (RAW).

"I fail to understand why Mirwaiz Umar Farooq is denying the fact that dialogue is going on between Government of India and Hurriyat leaders", Dulat told Srinagar based news gathering agency CNS on Saturday.

"When minister of state for home affairs R P N Singh himself is declaring in the Parliament that dialogue is going on then there is no reason to contradict his statement", Dulat said.

Pertinently, Mirwaiz led Hurriyat had termed the statement of the MOS Home in the Parliament far from truth and had said that no dialogue was going on between Hurriyat and New Delhi.

“God knows better why Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has described the statement of the Minister as misleading and claimed that it was made with a malicious intention to malign the image of Hurriyat leadership as well as to hoodwink the public opinion. May be Mirwaiz wants a meaningful dialogue and the dialogue which draws everybody’s attention,” he said.

He said that there are various forms of dialogue and the fact is that dialogue is going on. “A minister can’t lie in the Parliament. I presume that Mirwaiz feels that dialogue which is going on is not good enough and he wants it to be more conclusive,” he said.

Responding to a query, Dulat said that no political party will get political mileage by raising Afzal Guru issue. He said that both National Conference and Peoples Democratic Party were on the same page as far as the execution of Guru was concerned. Both the parties termed the execution unfortunate and criticized New Delhi.

“The issue of Guru’s execution can’t be made a pole plank as it will not suit the interests of political parties in Jammu and Kashmir,” he said. Dulat said that the execution of Guroo was unfortunate but political parties of Jammu and Kashmir should move ahead and criticize not each other over the issue.

Responding to a query about fresh row over 2012 troops movement near Delhi, for RAW chief said that India is never going to be Pakistan way. “Army should restraint from jumping into politics and should not issue political statements. India can’t be compared with Pakistan as far as the role of Army is concerned. Our Army has no role in politics,” he said. 

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