APSCC to boycott meeting with All-Party delegation

All Party Sikh Coordination Committee (APSCC) on Saturday said that they would boycott meeting with All Party Delegation (APD) headed by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, which is arriving in Kashmir today.
APSCC to boycott meeting with All-Party delegation
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All Party Sikh Coordination Committee (APSCC) on Saturday said that they would boycott meeting with All Party Delegation (APD) headed by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, which is arriving in Kashmir today.

The APSCC Chairman Jagmohan Singh Raina told media persons at Press Enclave here that their previous meeting with Home Minister "did not yield any results." 

"Home Minister has visited Kashmir twice and promised ban on pellet guns, but he has failed to keep his promise and forces are using pellet guns randomly," Raina said.

"During his last visit to Kashmir, we apprised the Home Minister about the grievances and demands of Sikh community. Our demands included granting of minority status to Sikh community in J&K and inquiry into the Chattisinghpora massacre. We had also apprised Home Minister about the ground reality in Kashmir and expressed concern over the killing spree," he said. 

He maintained that Kashmiri Sikhs are the symbol of Kashmiriyat. "We didn't leave our homeland during the undesirable circumstance in Kashmir. We have always shared the grief and sorrow of majority community," he said.

Raina said the All Parties Delegation was not coming to Kashmir with "a clear cut mandate for a decisive dialogue on Kashmir."

"Such delegations have come many times in the past but they only talk to people installed by Delhi for furthering its political agenda. So far all chief ministers from GM Shah to Mehbooba Mufti were installed directly from Delhi and by doing so the central government is imposing its will on the people of the State," he said.  

"The present stalemate wouldn't end until all concerned, including Hurriyat and representatives of Jammu and Ladakh are not involved in the dialogue process. Government of India has never reposed the trust on people of Kashmir. If J&K had made conditional accession with India, what we got in return? It needs to be analyzed what caused so much trust deficit between majority community of J&K state and Delhi," Raina said.

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