National Conference Monday said that allowing Hurriyat leadership to meet the advisor of Pakistan premier is not a ‘diplomatic blunder’ but a welcome step and the government of India must encourage separatist leadership of Kashmir to go ahead with the talks with Pakistani leadership.
BJP president, Rajnath Singh had said that the UPA government had committed a “diplomatic blunder” by allowing Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s advisor Sartaj Aziz to meet Kashmiri separatists on Indian soil and demanded that the talks be stopped.
Terming the statement of BJP president as useless as garbage, Member Parliament and National Conference senior leader, Dr Mehboob Beigh said that such statements do not serve any purpose and instead prove counter-productive and complicate the matter.
Beigh told a local news agency, CNS, that a structural dialogue with all stakeholders was need of the hour and BJP should shun its policy of double speak. “This party speaks in different tone when in opposition while in power BJP takes all measures to sooth the separatist leadership of Kashmir,” he said.
He said there is no substitute to resolving the Kashmir issue that has dampened the immense economic potential of sub-continent for decades and “bruised the body and soul of Jammu and Kashmir.”
Coming down heavily on BJP president, Beigh said that it was Vajpayee, who visited Pakistan and talked about peace. “Did Rajnath forget that L.K.Advani as Home Minister of India talked to Hizbul Mujhadeen. This party has dual approach which is not good for the nation,” he said and added that both BJP and Congress should arrive at a consensus to resolve the Kashmir issue.