Mirwaiz refuses to meet delegation

Last Updated: Friday, July 23, 2010 - 16:12

Srinagar: Chairman of Moderate Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umer Farooq has refused to meet a three-member delegation of eminent individuals currently assessing the situation in Kashmir Valley.

The Mirwaiz refused to meet the team comprising retired admiral KK Nayyar, former vice chancellor of Jammu University Amitab Mattoo and professor Radha Kumar of Jamia Millia University, a top aide of the Mirwaiz told a news agency today.

The team had come here three days ago and approached the Mirwaiz for discussing the prevailing situation as part of Track-II efforts for reviving the internal dialogue, but he
refused to meet them, the aide Shahidul Islam said.

Islam, who conveyed rejection of the request of the team, said the Mirwaiz conveyed that unless all prisoners are released unconditionally, the Armed Forces Special Powers Act
is revoked, troops are shifted from the civilian areas from the valley and innocent civilian killings are stopped, no talks would be held.

The members of the team had separate meetings with chief minister Omar Abdullah and opposition leader Mehbooba Mufti.

The chief minister, briefing the team about the prevailing situation, said he had already recommended to the Centre initiation of talks with all stakeholders.

The PDP leader told the team that people of Kashmir need a sense of security because by mere lodging of protest they are being killed, youths are being arrested and a dangerous atmosphere has been created in the valley.

She also told the team that people are protesting for fulfilment of political demands and every type of force is being used against them. Even army had been called out on the
roads which has angered the people.

The PDP leader told the team that her party has been
advocating talks with people from the day one. But for
initiation of dialogue, a congenial atmosphere is necessary.

PTI



First Published: Friday, July 23, 2010 - 16:12

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