GoI non-committal on inviting separatists: D Raja

With Kashmir uprising nearing two months, sources said the Parliamentary delegation which is scheduled to arrive here on Sunday morning would start interaction with leaders of mainstream political parties and civil society groups at SKICC, soon after their arrival.
GoI non-committal on inviting separatists: D Raja
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With Kashmir uprising nearing two months, sources said the Parliamentary delegation which is scheduled to arrive here on Sunday morning would start interaction with leaders of mainstream political parties and civil society groups at SKICC, soon after their arrival. The interactions between the delegation members and other groups intending to talk to the leaders from New Delhi would continue on Monday.

In this regard, sources said the invitations have already been sent to mainstream parties and civil society groups while Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, late on Saturday evening, as PDP President, sent invitations to separatists.

"We have told Government of India to extend invitation to everybody including Hurriyat. We have to talk to all stakeholders," D Raja of CPI, who is part of the delegation, told Greater Kashmir over phone from New Delhi.

To a question whether the delegation would meet Hurriyat leaders, Raja said, "We will decide (on it) once we reach Srinagar. We will come to know there whether they are coming (for talks)," he said.

He said the Government of India was non-committal on inviting Hurriyat for talks. "We asked them to invite separatists but they were non-committal."

Hurriyat Conference (G) led by Geelani has urged stakeholders to refrain from meeting the delegation, saying "it has no mandate" to resolve J&K dispute. Kashmir's key trade and commerce bodies have also decided against meeting the delegation saying it is "a symbolic step and aimed at hoodwinking the world community."

The 30-member delegation would reach Srinagar Airport Sunday morning in special aircraft from New Delhi from where they would be driven amid tight security to SKICC. Kashmir is in the midst of an uprising post July 8 killing of Burhan Wani by forces in south Kashmir's Islamabad district.

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