The separatist leaders said that for any meaningful dialogue to take place, the government must first acknowledge that there is a dispute that has to be resolved.
“What is to be done for the security of the nation is best left to the executive and the army,” the court said, dismissing a petition seeking an end to official security and other expenditure for ‘separatist’ leaders.
Shahid-ul-Islam believes Kashmiris won’t stop putting themselves in the line of fire until the Centre makes a sincere effort to resolve the Kashmir issue.
Several Hurriyat leaders and associates have been arrested since Saturday, even as government makes plans to hold talks with Kashmir separatists.
The government’s goal should be to create incentives for all shades of opinion in Jammu and Kashmir to engage politically with the question of what kind of relationship the state should have with the Indian Union.
The home minister has invited all stakeholders in the Kashmir issue to a discussion, even as beefed up security led to clashes, killing a teenager.
The Valley is witnessing an unprecedented spell of protest and violence, which is unlikely to abate unless the BJP-led Centre embarks on an earnest effort to resolve the core issue of Kashmir’s autonomy as envisaged in the constitution.
Sadly, the Modi government allowed itself to lose sight of why it had wanted to hold talks about terror in the first place.
The stand taken by the Modi government on the Hurriyat is a dramatic departure from the more tolerant ambivalence displayed by the previous Manmohan Singh and Atal Bihari Vajpayee administrations.
India says it would not be appropriate for Sartaj Aziz to meet the Hurriyat. Pakistan says it would not be possible to accept this advice.
A shopkeeper was shot dead by suspected militants on June 15 in the north Kashmir town of Sopore, in the fourth civilian killing in a week and second since yesterday