Rediff India Abroad
 Rediff India Abroad Home  |  All the sections

Search:



The Web

India Abroad




Newsletters
Sign up today!

Article Tools
Email this article
Top emailed links
Print this article
Contact the editors
Discuss this article
Home > News > PTI

Talks should not be held hostage to violence: Mirwaiz

November 16, 2005 22:48 IST

Hurriyat Conference Chief Mirwaiz Umer Farooq on Wednesday suggested that the talks between separatists in Jammu and Kashmir and the Centre should not be held hostage to violence.

Umer, who was participating in the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit meet in New Delhi and shared the dais for the first
time with National Conference President Omar Abdullah and People's Democratic Party chief Mehbooba Mufti, said, "We cannot wait for holding talks till the last gun falls silent. It is like chicken and the egg, which ever comes first."

Referring to Hurriyat's talks in 2004 with Bharatiya Janata Dal-led National Democratic Alliance government, the Mirwaiz said, "I remember that dozen of militant groups protested against the parleys. But this time, they are watching us silently and they neither opposed nor supported our move to hold talks with the Centre.

"They are watching the outcome of the talks. In fact, we can say violence on the ground is an indicator as to how the talks are progressing. If they are progressing in the right direction, the violence will come down automatically," he contended.

Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba favoured reallocation of troops and all three were of the view that violence should end and efforts made to find ways to solve the Kashmir issue.



© Copyright 2005 PTI. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PTI content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent.
Share your comments

Advertisement






Copyright 2005 Rediff.com India Limited. All Rights Reserved.