SRINAGAR: Two days before arrival of All Party (AP) delegation to Jammu and Kashmir, hardline separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani on Friday asked the stakeholders not to meet the delegation.
“The Indian parliamentary delegation is coming to Kashmir after passing a resolution that Kashmir an integral part of India. Therefore this delegation neither has mandate nor the intention to resolve the dispute of Jammu and Kashmir,” Geelani said.
The All Party delegation headed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh will arrive on a two-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday to talk to mainstream politicians, traders and other groups and individuals on the prevailing unrest in the Kashmir.
At least 73 people including two policemen have been killed and thousands others injured in the ongoing unrest in the Valley triggered by killing of 21-year-old Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in an encounter with security forces on July 8.
“We suggest to all stakeholders to refrain from engaging in this ‘meaningless exercise’ of meeting this delegation,” Geelani said.
The hardline separatist leader, who alongwith moderate leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and pro-independence JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik is spearheading the ongoing unrest in the Valley, said Indian parliamentarians should convene a special session of parliament to accept the “disputed nature” of Jammu and Kashmir to pave the way for holding “referendum in whole of the state that existed in 1947 to settle this issue permanently, peacefully and democratically.”
Meanwhile, the traders of Kashmir today decided not to meet the All-Party delegation saying such “half-hearted” measures won’t solve any purpose.
“Kashmir Inc, being apolitical, would talk to the AP delegation only if they talk to the united Hurriyat leadership,” the traders said.