Centre not serious about Kashmir: Shabir
12 November 2001
The Hindustan Times
New Delhi : In What could cause a setback to the peace process in Jammu and Kashmir, separatist leader Shabir Shah has accused New Delhi of not being sincere in solving the Kashmir issue and ruled out any further talks till the government displayed ''seriousness''. Shah is only senior separatist leader to hold talks with Centre''s interlocutor K.C. Pant, Stressing that a solution to the vexed issue could be achieved ''only through talks and not through guns'', Shah said the Centre had not responded to his four-point suggestions for creating ''conducive atmosphere'' in Jammu and Kashmir. ''Any further talks with the Centre will be a futile exercise till the government displays its seriousness and sincerity to solve the Kashmir issue,'' Shah, who heads Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (JKDFP), said.