‘Talks with Hurriyat should be facilitated, not prevented’
SRINAGAR: National Conference on Tuesday said that PDP President Mehbooba Mufti’s remarks on Monday that “It isnt necessary to include Separatists in all dialogues between India and Pakistan” was an amusing revelation of how PDP’s ideology had now totally and completely merged with the ideology of its ally, the BJP.
NC Chief Spokesperson Aga Syed Ruhullah Mehdi, while highlighting the glaring contrast between this statement and earlier stands taken by the PDP, said Mehbooba Mufti’s apparent ‘course correction’ to please the BJP had exposed the party yet again.
“The same PDP that garnered votes on the promise of facilitating talks between the separatists and New Delhi ended up putting Hurriyat leaders under house arrest to prevent them from going to Delhi to participate in the pre-talks consultations – which has always been a routine affair. Under an understanding with Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and the PDP, the Central Government detained the Hurriyat leaders in New Delhi while Mufti Sayeed remained completely silent and cooperative. Now Mehbooba Mufti’s statement has reiterated what was proven earlier by Mufti Sahab’s silence – that PDP played an active role in sabotaging the NSA level talks and in the detention of the Hurriyat leaders”, NC Chief Spokesperson Aga Syed Ruhullah Mehdi said in a statement issued from NC Headquarters in Srinagar.
The NC Chief Spokesperson said while Mehbooba Mufti’ sermons to the Separatists were ironic, they certainly were not surprisning. “Mehbooba Ji is now lecturing the Separatists about the processes and ettiquetes of dialog between India and Pakistan while forgetting that her party had promised to facilitate a dialog between New Delhi and the Hurriyat leadership – as a moral smokescreen to justify its unjustifiable alliance with the BJP and the RSS. This was also a promise made in the PDP-BJP Common Minimum Program (CMP)”, the NC Chief Spokesperson added in the statement.
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