Centre offers to resume talks with Jammu and Kashmir separatists; Congress asks 'why now?'

The Congress's Jammu and Kashmir unit on Sunday asked the Central government to explain why it has offered talks with separatists now, while rejecting a dialogue for three years when all mainstream political parties demanded it.

IANS May 27, 2018 20:01:53 IST
Centre offers to resume talks with Jammu and Kashmir separatists; Congress asks 'why now?'

Jammu: The Congress's Jammu and Kashmir unit on Sunday asked the Central government to explain why it has offered talks with separatists now, while rejecting a dialogue for three years when all mainstream political parties demanded it.

Centre offers to resume talks with Jammu and Kashmir separatists Congress asks why now

File image of GA Mir. Twitter @GAMIR_INC

"When all mainstream parties in the state sought a dialogue with all stakeholders including the separatists three years ago, the Central government had rejected the proposal asserting that terror and talks cannot go on side by side," state Congress president GA Mir told journalists in Jammu.

"After rejecting the proposal when all of us sought a dialogue three years ago, the Central government must explain the reason that has caused its change of heart now," he said, adding that had the Central government taken this step three years ago, things would have been different in Kashmir today.

Mir also said it needs to be watched as to how much support the offer made by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

He also demanded the government spell out whether the preconditions set for such a dialogue by the Central government in the past stand today as well or does the offer include unconditional talks between the two sides.

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