Ahead of the all party delegation’s visit to the valley, Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti in a post on Facebook has suggested that the Indian government “reach out to separatists” as a part of their measures to resolve the unrest in the Kashmir Valley.
The ground is still tense and volatile. After 57 days of lockdown, protests are still on across the Valley, especially in rural Kashmir. With the killing of a 23-year-old man in Qazigund this evening, the death toll has risen to 74. Another body was fished out of the Jhelum in Srinagar. Today, more than 40 were injured taking the number of wounded to around 9,000 since July 9.
“The country’s political leadership must, without any further delay, reach out and engage all sections of the society including the leaders of the Hurriyat Conference in a productive dialogue process, to resolve the issue and make peace a reality in Jammu and Kashmir,” Mufti stated in her post.
She also spoke of a three pronged approach advice in her post and said “During my meeting with the Prime Minister last month, I suggested a three-pronged approach ; talks with all sections of society within J&K including the separatist leadership, and also with PAKISTAN to put the reconciliation and resolution process back on track.”
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has also written to the separatist leadership requesting them to “take a lead and engage” with the delegation, “which will be the start of a credible and meaningful political dialogue and resolution process.”
Significantly, this letter, signed by her as chief of the Peoples Democratic Party, marks a visible shift from her recent hardtalk at the press conference with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh who leads the delegation. She had said, echoing her ally BJP, that only 5 per cent of the people were involved in the protests.