Include Hurriyat, Pakistan in Kashmir dialogue process: Saifuddin Soz

Reacting to BJP president Amit Shah’s assertion that his party wants the Kashmir issue solved, Congress leader Saifuddin Soz, Wednesday, said that Hurriyat and Pakistan should also be made of the dialogue process.

New Delhi: Reacting to BJP president Amit Shah’s assertion that his party wants the Kashmir issue solved, Congress leader Saifuddin Soz, Wednesday, said that Hurriyat and Pakistan should also be made of the dialogue process.

“If Amit Shah wants to promote dialogue then everybody wants resolution of political imbroglio via talks,” Soz said.

“Yes, Hurriyat should also be part of dialogue. And why not Pakistan, we should talk to them too, he added.

Shah had recently said that his party would not compromise on national interest and could end its alliance with PDP, if Kashmir issue is not solved.  His statement came at a time amidst a raging controversy on Jammu and Kashmir government's alleged 'pro-separatist' moves.

"People of this country have blessed us like Lord Shiva and given us very big responsibility. BJP will never compromise on national interest, merely to remain in power in Jammu and Kashmir," Shah said, addressing BJP workers in his assembly constituency Naranpura in Gujarat.

"The government (in J&K) has been formed only to solve Kashmir issue and I have full trust that we will find a solution to this issue. If it (solution of Kashmir issue) does not come about, then nobody can stop our party workers from leaving the coalition government," Shah said.

Shah also said that BJP workers should go to the people to spread the message that the party would not compromise on national interest.

However, BJP's spokesperson Harshad Patel in Gujarat said that Shah merely said that national interest is the party's priority and he never categorically said anything about breaking the BJP's alliance with the PDP.

"He (Amit Shah) merely said that national interest is our priority and BJP will not allow any anti-national activities on the soil of Jammu and Kashmir," Patel said.

BJP has been facing the ire of opposition parties due to its alliance with PDP with the J&K Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed's recent decision to release separatist leader Masarrat Alam, only adding to its woes.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had also clarified before the Lok Sabha that Alam's release is not acceptable and that the government won't tolerate any compromise on the nation's integrity.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had also echoed the sentiments saying that his government's top priority was national security and not continuance of the government in the state.

With PTI inputs

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