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‘MPs met separatists separately’

Behaviour of separatist leaders towards MPs was 'certainly not Kashmiriyat', says Rajnath Singh

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Publish Date: Sep 5 2016 1:01PM | Updated Date: Sep 5 2016 1:01PM

‘MPs met separatists separately’

 Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Monday that some Members of Parliament met Kashmiri separatist leaders in their individual capacity and not as part of an all-party delegation on a visit to the state in its effort to reduce tensions.

 
"Some members of the delegation went to meet Hurriyat leaders. We had neither said no nor yes to their meetings (with separatists). You know what happened. They had gone there in their individual capacities," the Home Minister told reporters in Srinagar.
 
Singh was referring to an attempt by some Opposition leaders from the delegation to hold talks with Kashmiri separatists on Saturday. But the separatists did not speak to them.
 
Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani did not even let them in as Janata Dal-United leader Sharad Yadav and Communist leaders Sitaram Yechury and D. Raja were kept waiting outside his Hyderpora residence for about ten minutes before returning.
 
The minister said the behaviour of separatist leaders towards the MPs was "certainly not Kashmiriyat".
 
"It is not insaniyat (humane) also. They (the separatists) don't even believe in jamhooriyat." 
 
The all-party delegation arrived in the state capital on Sunday with a hope to initiate dialogue to restore peace in Kashmir Valley that is facing deadliest unrest in years.
 
Situation in the valley continues to be tense amidst street protests, which began after the July 8 killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani.
 
Not less than 74 people have been killed and at least 12,000 injured in the weeks of the unrest.