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Toufiq Rashid, Srinagar: The separatist leadership in Kashmir Valley denounced on Sunday the visit of an all-party delegation from Delhi, saying
such “crisis management” measures will “prolong the sufferings of the people” in the violence-hit state where 73 people have died in clashes between security forces and protesters since the killing of a militant in July.
Separatists issued a joint statement after the 28-member delegation, led by Union home minister Rajnath Singh, arrived in the Valley for a two-day visit to assess the ground situation and look for ways to end weeks of unrest.
“….(such measures) can’t take the place of a genuine transparent agenda-based dialogue to address the core issue of the Peoples’ right to self-determination in Jammu and Kashmir.
“That has been our consistent stand and has been spelled out recently as well in our letters to various international and global fora,” said the statement by three prominent separatist leaders — hardliner Syed Ali Shah Geelani and moderate leaders Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik.
Geelani is under house arrest for months and is not allowed out of his Hyderpora residence in Srinagar. Malik and Mirwaiz are in jail.
Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti had invited them for talks with the all-party team. She sent the invitation “in her capacity as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief”, indicating its junior coalition partner the BJP was not part of the push to talk to the separatists to defuse the most volatile phase in the Valley since 2010.“Indian war machine is on a spree to kill, maim and disfigure an entire population into complete submission for demanding freedom from Indian occupation which is the birth right of all human beings,” the statement said.
“Everyone knows that people have been shouting Aazadi on the roads for those who want to listen and writing on walls and placards for those who can see.