Signalling positivity, three Kashmiri separatist leaders said on Tuesday that they are ready to hold peace talks with Indian government, but only after New Delhi speaks in “one voice” and clears off ambiguity over peace plans for Jammu and Kashmir.
The Valley has become a Bermuda triangle for peace and peace talks since years, perhaps, there seems to be hope for Kashmir. On Tuesday, Syed Ali Geelani, leader of the hard-line faction in Hurriyat had hosted a meeting which was also attended by Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chairman Yasin Malik. In a positive development from Kashmir’s separatist groups, all three of the separatist leaders expressed their readiness to join peace dialogues during statement from the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), a conglomerate of separatist groups in Jammu and Kashmir.
However, JRL leaders expressed that before they meet for peace talks with the government, they want New Delhi to have a clear stand and one voice on their plans for Kashmir. They also said that it is important to have transparency in such a process and an assurance from all sides that promises and pledges will be honoured. The Hurriyat leadership emphasised on clearing ambiguity because they said feel that “the statements regarding talks in the last few days from different people at the helm of affairs in New Delhi are unclear and ambiguous. The ambiguity leaves little room to consider the talk about talks seriously.”
Remarkably, on Saturday, Union Minister Rajnath Singh said that there will be dialogues with Kashmiris and Pakistan – and that “Kashmir and Kashmiri are ours”. Later, Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj claimed that there will be no talks with Pakistan unless “terror is stopped” because “terror and talks cannot happen together”. Adding further to ambiguity, Amit Shah claimed that the ceasefire was for people and not for militants, while Jammu Kashmir DGP stated that it was for militants to come back home. Hurriyat claims that this leave them confused about government’s stand and “wants it to have clarity on what it wants to talk about and speak in one Language we are ready to join the process.” If these talks happen and if they turn out successful, it might change the situations in Kashmir, and peace might prevail in the Valley once again.