Former Chief Research Analysis Wing (RAW) A.S.Dulat Saturday said that he fails to understand why Mirwaiz Umar Farooq is denying the fact that dialogue is going on between Government of India and his faction of Hurriyat leaders. Dulat told Srinagar based news gathering agency CNS that when minister of state for home affairs R P N Singh himself is declaring in the Parliament that dialogue is going on then there is no reason to contradict his statement.
Pertinently, Mirwaiz led Hurriyat had termed RPN Singh’s statement in the Parliament as “far from truth” and had said that no dialogue was going on with New Delhi.
“God knows better why Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has described the statement of the Minister as misleading and claimed that it was made with a malicious intention to malign the image of Hurriyat leadership as well as to hoodwink the public opinion. May be Mirwaiz wants a meaningful dialogue and the dialogue which draws everybody’s attention,” Dulat said.
He said that there are various forms of dialogue and the fact is that dialogue is going on between Hurriyat (M) and New Delhi. “A minister can’t lie in the Parliament. I presume that Mirwaiz feels that dialogue which is going on is not good enough and he wants it to be more conclusive,” he said.
RPN Singh had said that Mirwaiz held talks with Intelligence officers in November 2013.
Pertinently, Mirwaiz had himself confessed that he met Dulat in November 2013 but that was not a formal dialogue with India. Now, Dulat has himself clarified that a dialogue was going on between Mirwaiz led faction of Hurriyat and New Delhi, giving rise to a new but interesting controversy.
Responding to a query, Dulat said that no political party will get political mileage by raising Afzal Guroo issue. He said that both National Conference and Peoples Democratic Party were on the same page as far as the execution of Guroo was concerned. Both the parties termed the execution unfortunate and criticized New Delhi.
“The issue of Guroo’s execution can’t be made a pole plank as it will not suit the interests of political parties in Jammu and Kashmir,” Dulat said. He added that the execution of Guroo was unfortunate but political parties of Jammu and Kashmir should move ahead and criticize not each other over the issue. (CNS)