No takers for dialogue as Delhi, separatists remain firm on their stands

No takers for dialogue as Delhi, separatists remain firm on their stands
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Special Correspondent

Srinagar, Mar 18: Hurriyat Conference (G) claiming that a man from Intelligence Bureau had knocked at the doors of Syed Ali Shah Geelani to seek a dialogue but the veteran leader rejected the offer has almost sealed the fate of any parleys taking place in near future.
“On Thursday night an IB official proposed a dialogue between New Delhi and Syed Ali Geelani. However, Geelani Sahab declined the offer, saying that until the Kashmir dispute is addressed in its historical perspective and India acknowledges the disputed status of the Kashmir and starts demilitarization to hold a referendum, holding any talks carries no meaning,” a spokesperson of the conglomerate said in a statement.
A day after Hurriyat (G) spokesman claimed that Geelani got the offer, Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh stated that the Government of India is ready to talk to anyone to resolve the Kashmir issue. However, he reiterated that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India.“”Kashmir is, was and will be ours always. No one can take it from us,” he said.
He praised the Indian Army for its valour to secure the country and warned Pakistan, saying “We will not only secure India within but can also cross the border to protect the country, if needed. No one should take it otherwise.”
An analyst while talking to Precious Kashmir said, “New Delhi seems confused on one hand it wants to hold talks with separatists while on the other hand it wants to deal with the emerging situation in Kashmir with an iron fist. Union Home Minister says that GoI is ready to hold talks with anyone. On the other hand he states that Kashmir is an integral part of India.”
He said, “Geelani’s stand is known to all that he wants that United Nations resolution on Kashmir should not be shelved and people should be given a chance to decide their future. I don’t think that Geelani at this age would change his stand.”
The Hurriyat Conference (G) spokesman said: “Kashmir issue has turned into a flash point and until India accepts its disputed nature, no progress is expected and horrors of war will haunt people living in sub-continent. The people of J&K are peace-loving, and Indian leaders can play a key role in resolving the issue by respecting their aspirations, instead of adopting coercive measures.”
A Kashmir watcher said, “Any dialogue at this point of time looks difficult. New Delhi has made its Kashmir policy clear that talks have to be held within the ambit of the constitution and everyone should accept it. While the separatists have made it clear that they won’t talk till the dialogue is held for the resolution of the Kashmir issue.”
He said, “Deadlock will continue and we don’t see any talks taking place in near future.”