An all-party delegation outside Hurriyat leader Seyd Ali Shah Geelani’s house ndtv
Hurriyat hardliner Syed Ali Shah Geelani, under house arrest since July, refused to meet Sitaram Yechury, D Raja and Sharad Yadav when they went to his residence.
Srinagar: Sharad Yadav, D Raja and Sitaram Yechury of the all party delegation arrive at SAS Geelani’s residence. pic.twitter.com/duKaj20Z9T — ANI (@ANI_news) September 4, 2016
Srinagar: Sharad Yadav, D Raja and Sitaram Yechury of the all party delegation arrive at SAS Geelani’s residence. pic.twitter.com/duKaj20Z9T
— ANI (@ANI_news) September 4, 2016
After their failed bid at Haiderpora, the three leaders returned to the Sher-e-Kashmir convention centre where they had earlier attended a meeting of all parties with Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.
Sharad Yadav, Yechury and Raja earlier went to meet Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chief Mohd Yasin Malik at a police hub turned into a prison at Humhama, close to the Srinagar airport.
Separately, Asaduddin Owaisi of the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen went to meet moderate Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz at Chashma Shahi where a tourist hut has been converted to a sub-jail.
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Yadav said it was their effort to show they were ready to talk to anyone. “We can face anything for the country. These things do not matter.”
Separatists had reservations talking to the team as Rajnath Singh was leading it.
The separatists had earlier rejected CM Mehbooba Mufti’s invitation+ to meet the delegation. “These deceitful methods of crisis management through parliamentary delegations and track two only prolong the sufferings of the people and cannot take the place of a genuine transparent agenda-based dialogue to address the core issue of the peoples’ right to self-determination,” Geelani, Malik and the Mirwaiz said in a statement.
So far 71 people have been killed in clashes between protesters and security forces since July following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in an encounter.