Separatist leaders in the Kashmir Valley have rejected Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s invitation for dialogue with the all-party-team saying her government is a “civilian mask to a brutal military occupation” and the delegation is a “deceitful method of crisis management”.
Reacting to the letter written by Mehbooba to separatists on Saturday, the separatist leadership comprising- Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik- in a joint statement said that despite “killings and injuries of war-proportions,” she has continued to perform “shamelessly the role of obfuscation”.
“It is not surprising that even now her dominant concern, as expressed in her letter, is to “lend credence and credibility” to the Indian Parliamentary Delegation visiting Kashmir avowedly to ascertain wishes of the people,” the statement said. “Everyone knows that people have been shouting AAZADI on the roads. The dirty ambitions of the collaborators and their masters in Delhi have turned them deaf and blind.”
The statement issued just minutes after the APD’s arrival at Sher-i-Kashmir International Conference Centre said the delegation has not spelled out its mandate for any engagement and the people have so far been only engaged “through state violence” by India.
“These deceitful methods of crisis management through Parliamentary Delegations and Track-II only prolong the sufferings of the people and 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,” the separatist leadership said in the statement.
The separatist leaders said that people know that it is the same parliament which has “given unfettered powers to their occupying force to use violence to hold Jammu and Kashmir forcibly with India against all norms of civilised behaviour and international law resulting in death, destruction, collective punishments and humiliation.”