Delhi, Hurriyat (M) Renew Track-II Dialogue

Delhi, Hurriyat (M) Renew Track-II Dialogue

16 November 2013
Greater Kashmir
Shabir Ibn Yusuf

Srinagar: In a bid to move forward from the status quo, New Delhi and Hurriyat Conference (M) led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq have restarted track-II dialogue on the Kashmir issue. Senior conglomerate leader Prof. Abdul Ghani Bhat is camping in New Delhi for the purpose and has reportedly met several mediators. Mirwaiz is convening a meeting on Monday here to discuss the new developments. Insiders in Hurriyat (M) said Executive Council member Professor Abdul Ghani Bhat is in New Delhi for the past one week and has met several people previously involved in track-II talks. The people who have met Bhat have been reportedly tasked by the Government of India to build bridges between Kashmir separatists and New Delhi. Prof Bhat has reportedly held negotiations with former RAW chief A S Dulat, Ashok Bhan, Prem Shankar Jha and PM’s Advisor Satish Lamba besides others. Bhat has been asked by Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq to remain in New Delhi in this connection. Mirwaiz had earlier confirmed that he also met A S Dulat recently in New Delhi. “During Prof. Bhat’s stay in Delhi he was advised to meet all the players who have earlier played important role in track-II talks,” a Hurriyat (M) insider told Greater Kashmir. “Efforts are afoot from both sides to end the status quo,” he revealed. Sources said the track-II talks are likely to prepare ground for direct talks between New Delhi and Hurriyat (M) at the higher level. “Track-II talks broke down over the past two years and no real effort was made to reach out to the separatist camp following the fact that interlocutors were also trying the same. Since the interlocutors failed to take the separatists on board, there is a need for track-II dialogue,” sources in the central government revealed. “Dialogue is important to move forward but there is a need to involve all the three parties to the issue in the talks. Only then the things will start to move,” Mirwaiz told Greater Kashmir. “Our meeting with Dulat stands already reported by some newspapers. Every effort of Hurriyat Conference (M) is a joint step and Hurriyat is working under the leadership of Mirwaiz Sahib,” Prof Bhat told Greater Kashmir over telephone from New Delhi. “I am meeting a doctor and will be back Sunday afternoon. I have nothing more to say.” Hurriyat Conference (M) has convened a crucial meeting on Monday. The meeting would be attended by the Executive Council, Working Committee and General Council members. Sources said Hurriyat leaders’ recent meeting with Pakistan PM’s Advisor Sartaj Aziz and track-II talks would be discussed threadbare in the meet. “Suggestions would be sought from members of the amalgam over the new developments,” Hurriyat sources said. It needs to be mentioned here that less than a week after Kashmir separatists met Pakistan Prime Minister’s Advisor Sartaj Aziz in New Delhi, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said there is scope for dialogue with Government of India. He asked for revisiting Vajpayee-type dialogue process on Kashmir in which the former Prime Minister had emphasized on resolving the dispute “within the ambit of humanity.”