Roping Hurriyat for talks, challenge for PDP, Sharma

Roping Hurriyat for talks, challenge for PDP, Sharma

Srinagar: Kashmir interlocutor Dineshwar Sharma who winded up his maiden Kashmir visit on Wednesday may have to devise a comprehensive strategy to deal with the stake holders.
While winding up his visit he asserted that he would try his best to meet the Hurriyat leaders to break the ice but the question is who would facilitate the meeting between the Hurriyat leaders and the interlocutor?
Sources told Precious Kashmir that ruling Peoples Democratic Party is trying its best to rope in the separatists, who have rejected holding talks with the interlocutor Sharma. “There is every possibility about the ruling party striking a deal with New Delhi to release the political prisoners and provide some breathing space to the separatists,” sources added.
Insiders revealed that PDP is trying to build a pressure on the Ministry of Home Affairs to stop the raids being conducted by the sleuths of National Investigating Agency in Kashmir. “Separatists are grappling with number of issues. Most of their aides have been arrested and their movement has been curbed. Even the JKLF chief Yasin Malik was served a notice in connection with a case which was registered in 2001. Family members of Geelani and Mirwaiz too are facing the heat. Under the given circumstances separatists are not ready to talk,” the source added.
It’s in place to mention here that soon after Enforcement Directorate served a notice to JKLF chief Yasin Malik in a case related to recovery of US dollars Malik addressed a news conference in Srinagar and accused New Delhi of trying to make them talk to the interlocutor on a “gun point.”
Many people are of the opinion that New Delhi appointed Dineshwar Sharma as the interlocutor under PDP’s pressure as the ruling party in Jammu and Kashmir, according to the sources, had threatened to walk out from the alliance with BJP. “New Delhi by appointing Sharma as interlocutor has put the ball in the court of PDP. Now it’s for the PDP to ensure that talks process moves ahead and desired results are achieved. The PDP would have to convince the Hurriyat leaders to come forward to make this initiative a success,” opined a Kashmir watcher.
Referring to the meeting of the PDP vice-president Sartaj Madni with the interlocutor Sharma in Srinagar, the Kashmir watcher said that Madni minced no words to make it clear to Sharma that if New Delhi wants the peace initiative to succeed then it has to “involve Pakistan in the process” at a later stage. The PDP vice-president also made clear that talks have to be held with all the stakeholders. “PDP is trying it’s best to drive home a point that talks are the only way and peace cannot be restored without involving Pakistan in the process. Would New Delhi understand and follow PDP’s advice remains to be seen as the process has just begun,” the Kashmir watcher added.