NC Admits Failure Of Quiet Talks31 March 2010
Srinagar: The ruling National Conference Wednesday said the much-hyped quiet dialogue has failed and the Kashmir issue has been once again put on backburner by New Delhi. Talking to Rising Kashmir, senior National Conference leader and Member Parliament from South Kashmir, Mehboob Beg admitted that the quiet diplomacy idea floated by the Union Home Minister P Chidambaram, with an aim to resolve Kashmir, has 'lost steam' without achieving any breakthrough. “I met many bureaucrats in New Delhi, including those in the Home Ministry. The feeling I got is quiet diplomacy is nowhere. It has failed,” Beg said. “I believe Kashmir issue has been once again put on the backburner by New Delhi. The issue may thus linger on for a longer period and this would lead to further alienation of youth.” Alleging that some New Delhi bureaucrats were sabotaging the steps taken in favour of Kashmir, Beg said, “I feel there are vested interests within the bureaucratic setup of New Delh working on an anti-Kashmir agenda. This is how every big step that New Delhi tries to take in favour of Kashmir gets sabotaged”. Lauding Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq for consenting to quiet talks with New Delhi, the NC leader said it was unfortunate on part of New Delhi that they could not engage Mirwaiz. “A close aide of Mirwaiz, Fazl Haq Qureshi, was attacked but Mirwaiz did not budge and instead maintained that he was keen on the quiet dialogue. Now the same person states there were no quiet talks,” Beg said. On the revocation of Armed Forces Special Powers Act, Beg said New Delhi had started thinking on it but with a surge in infiltration, scrapping the act seems to be a very difficult job. On the implementation of Working Group recommendations, the NC leader said New Delhi has been showing lackadaisical approach toward it. “WG recommendations suggested by vice-president Hamid Ansari too have been ignored. The group had suggested measures on good governance,” Beg said. “New Delhi has to play an important role in implementing the WG recommendations. The state cannott do it of its own.” He said NC MPs have also demanded a special package for the ever-swelling number of unemployed youth. “I met MoS in PMO and in-charge Kashmir Affairs, Prithvi Raj Chauhan and discussed the issue of unemployment with him. I demanded a special package for the youth. He accepted the demand in principle,” Beg said.