Condition in J&K will soon become better: Yashwant Sinha after meeting separatists

Yashwant Sinha had led a delegation to meet separatist leaders Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Syed Geelani, a move not approved by the BJP.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 28, 2016 4:20 pm
yashwant sinha, J&K, kashmir, jammu kashmir, jammu & kashmir, separatistsm syed geelani, hurriyat, J&k news, india news, kashmir news In a bid to break the three- month impasse in Kashmir triggered by the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani, Sinha on Tuesday led a five-member delegation of civil society members to meet the separatist leaders.

Senior BJP leader and former finance minister Yashwant Sinha, who led a delegation to meet separatist leaders Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Syed Geelani, on Wednesday said that condition in Jammu & Kashmir will soon become better. “Today I can assure you that conditions in J&K will soon become better. We have to look forward, not backward,” said Sinha.

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In a bid to break the three- month impasse in Kashmir triggered by the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani, Sinha on Tuesday led a five-member delegation of civil society members to meet the separatist leaders, creating ripples in political circle. The delegation met Geelani, leader of hardline Hurriyat Conference, at his residence in Hyderpora area of Srinagar. It also met Mirwaiz Farooq, the chief of another faction of Hurriyat Conference.

BJP, however, distanced itself from the initiative as did the central government, saying it was done at a personal level. “It is not a BJP delegation. BJP has nothing to do with this,” BJP’s National Secretary Shrikant Sharma had said.

A top Home Ministry official said the delegation was touring the Kashmir Valley on its own wisdom and the Central government has nothing to do with it. Talking to reporters after these meetings, Sinha said, “I only want to say that we had come for talks and the talks happened in a good manner.”

The other members of the delegation were Wajahat Habibullah, former bureaucrat of J&K government and ex- chairman of National Commission for Minorities, Kapil Kak, former Air Vice-Marshal, journalist Bharat Bhushan and Sushoba Barve of Centre for Dialogue and Reconciliation.

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First Published on: October 26, 2016 6:08 pm
  1. S
    Oct 26, 2016 at 8:38 pm
    Si ha should talk of abandoned and refugees Kashmiri Pandits , how come nobody is speaking of them. Sunni are in not majority, there Shias and gujjars and many minority Muslim tribes. All those who write in this comments never talk the plight of the real Kashmiri Pandits and Kashmiri Hindus and if they do not belong to Kashmir. Sunnis have high jacked the agenda, please all comment writers do not forget the real original Kashmiris.
    1. S
      Sood IML
      Oct 26, 2016 at 2:54 pm
      Comments from fake named moron never carry any weight.
      1. R
        Oct 26, 2016 at 11:47 pm
        Need to give compensation adn rehabilitation of the Kashmiri Pandits and Sikhs who were made refugees in thier own country!!! Anyone opposing should be sued under the law of the land and arrested.
        1. T
          Oct 26, 2016 at 5:32 pm
          Who told you to meet them
          1. R
            Oct 26, 2016 at 2:55 pm
            Don't do this, they are taking cues from Islamabad. stan recently wanted talks to start - then their ministers will come here and start meeting Hurriyat and all that. So, don't fall into their trap again. They started this instigation starting from the JNU agitations. Now, they want descalation as their people have been arrested enme. stanis want to scale down because they are stretched in Kashmir, you have to see in their pattern - do not deescalate when your adversary wants you to - keep up the pressure, take this opportunity to really squeeze some elements in the;br/gt;lt;br/gt;This opportunity won't occur for a while (as these people are too poor). Geelani and co know they need these optics because they are calculating up there, how much have 100 lives lost gained. These people are doing so to save face - and because stanis want to deescalate - see through all this, I hope someone is.
            1. K
              Oct 26, 2016 at 12:56 pm
              Give him an airplane full of terrorists and he will personally free them from the law and deliver them safely to the Taliban. You are a shame for any discussion on terrorism.
              1. D
                Oct 26, 2016 at 3:30 pm
                We r getting trapped in stan's trick : first stan housed ,trained thousands of terrorists ,Hizbul,Lashkar,Jaishe Mohammad,Harkate mujahuddin etc ..,as lt;br/gt;a consequence we were forced to announce AFSPA in Kashmir ,Although AFSPA proved good in combating terrorism , And terrorism almost vanished by 2001, still poor visibility by our Govt ..Never withdrawn AFSPA ..Giving unlimited power to AFSPA has created havoc and many rights violations on common kashmiri m as is the habit with any Army of the world.All those who loved India before AFSPA has become anti-India situation changes so the govt. should have decided accordingly ,but we lacked any visionary;br/gt;What I Observed In kashmir ..Even in common ppl esp youth goes market having 10-15 mins walk they r thoroughly searched at least thrice,similarly if you travel in Car in 3 Km range U'll be checked at least twice thoroughly . at multiple check points in the name of Arms checking leave aside how abusive words Army /forces uses .If we do so much harment to even our family members they will also turn against the familylt;br/gt;After all Militants target security forces mostly If they r relocated away from high density potion
                1. J
                  Oct 26, 2016 at 4:45 pm
                  Chaddi power
                  1. A
                    Ashok Mazumdar
                    Oct 26, 2016 at 5:42 pm
                    Kayasth Bacchalt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Kabhi Na Saccha.
                    1. R
                      Ramesh Athavale
                      Oct 26, 2016 at 3:14 pm
                      The compulsorily retired IAS officer turned politician is trying to resurrect himself. Now that he has chosen to dabble in Kashmir imbroglio, he has say that things ill be better because of his visit.
                      1. S
                        s s nair
                        Oct 26, 2016 at 3:40 pm
                        You have to thank Narendra Modi for converting a peaceful state into a war field. Things are now better, please do not make it worse. Ask the govt to go.
                        1. U
                          Oct 26, 2016 at 6:13 pm
                          Swathi Mail Wali the first sentence is "Senior BJP leader and ex Finance Minister" and still you say "your leaders". Well the BJP guys think they are the only Modi Bhakts and hence the only desh bhakts.
                          1. U
                            Oct 26, 2016 at 4:01 pm
                            When anyone from the opposition visits or meets guys like geelani or a shah they become anti national, now what does all the bhakts say?
                            1. V
                              Oct 26, 2016 at 11:24 pm
                              This is the tragedy of Indian system. So many political leaders are weeping day and night for the muslim community people died in Gujarat riots. But none shed any tears for the innocent sadhus who were burnt alive in the train and who hundreds of hindus butchered in retaliation between the two. They talk, weep, beat chest and shed crocodile tears for votes. Same is the situation of Pandits of Kashmir. No one ever remember how they were driven away. I am sure, seperatists sometimes recall; but not the political leaders.
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