Talk to New Delhi: Omar to separatist leaders

Published: 20th December 2012 09:16 PM  |   Last Updated: 20th December 2012 09:16 PM   |  A+A-


Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Thursday asked separatist leaders who are visiting Pakistan to also engage in an unconditional dialogue with New Delhi to work out a solution to Jammu and Kashmir-centric political issues acceptable to all stakeholders.

"After returning from Pakistan, they (separatists) should also talk to the Indian leadership. No one has put any condition for talks for them," Abdullah said during the inauguration of a bridge in old city Zaina Kadal here.

Five leaders of the moderate Hurriyat group, led by Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, are presently visiting Pakistan on an invitation extended to them by the Pakistan government.

Abdullah said the separatists should place their agenda before the people and initiate dialogue with the government of India unconditionally to work out a solution to state-centric political issues acceptable to all stakeholders.

Referring to separatist groups like that of hardliner Syed Ali Geelani which had not gone to Pakistan for talks, the chief minister said it is a universal truth that militancy has achieved nothing and dialogue is the only way forward to settle problems.

"The other separatist group should also get involved in talks to address complex issues for the good of general public and peace and prosperity in the state," he asserted.


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