Kashmir separatists don’t believe in insaniyat or Kashmiriyat: Rajnath Singh

Agencies, New Delhi: Home minister Rajnath Singh said on Monday that the government is concerned about the situation in Jammu and Kashmir,

adding “we all are of the view that things in Kashmir need to improve”.
Addressing a press conference in Srinagar, Singh said Jammu and Kashmir will always remain an integral part of India.
The home minister also hit out at Kashmiri separatists saying they did not believe in Kashmiriyat or insaaniyat.
“If someone goes to talk and they (separatists) don’t talk, then they clearly don’t believe in insaniyat or Kashmiriyat,” Singh said, adding that some members of the all-party delegation went to meet Hurriyat leaders and that the government neither approved nor disapproved of the same.
Singh is leading the 30-member delegation on a two-day visit that the separatists have dismissed as a futile exercise.
On Sunday, a small group from the all-party delegation, which tried to meet and speak to separatists at their homes and in prisons, found out just how cold they were as much of the Valley remains under curfew.Chief minister Mehbooba Mufti letter to separatist leaders requesting them to meet the delegation simply cut no ice.
Sunday’s snub only underlined their earlier remarks that Delhi was not serious about resolving the crisis.
Hurriyat hardliner Syed Ali Shah Geelani turned back CPI(M)’s Sitaram Yechury, JD(U)’s Sharad Yadav, D Raja of the CPI, Jaiprakash Narayan Yadav of the RJD — all leaders of opposition parties at the Centre — from the gates of his Hyderpora home in Srinagar.
Locals heckled the trio, asking why the government did not release separatist leaders if it wanted to talk to them.
The group also called on former Hurriyat head Abdul Ghani Bhat at his home in Jawahar Nagar, JKLF leader Yasin Malik at Humhama jail, and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Shabir Shah at Cheshma Shahi guesthouse, which is a temporary prison.
Separately, AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi met the Mirwaiz, the Valley’s chief cleric and moderate Hurriyat leader, Shabir Shah. Nothing substantial was expected from these meetings and nothing substantial was achieved.
On the ground, there is seething anger against elected representatives including chief minister Mehbooba and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah.
For his part, Omar who was chief minister in 2010 when the last round of violence rocked the Valley claiming more than a hundred lives, met the all-party delegation but warned that “efforts like this have lost credibility as there was no follow-up of the previous visit in 2010.”
The latest wave of unrest that has convulsed Kashmir since the killing of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani on July 8, has claimed 73 lives so far.
Public anger is also raging against the government’s refusal to explicitly ban the use of pellet guns that has injured thousands of protesters. The government’s approval of chilli grenades as crowd control measures
Rajnath Singh’s clearance of the use of chilli grenades for crowd control ahead of the all-party delegation’s visit has not mollified Kashmiris. Anger continues to rage against the government for its refusal to explicitly ban the use of pellet guns that has injured thousands of protesters.