‘Rajnath Singh Kashmir narrative on a different line’
Srinagar, Nov 01: Senior Congress leader Professor Saifuddin Soz Wednesday said he was not puzzled to see in the press that the Hurriyat Conference had said ‘No to the Dialogue’.
“Fellow Kashmiris, it has been a regular condition in my mind for a long time now that I take notice of what is happening around as for the discourse on Kashmir Dispute is concerned. For some days, it was puzzling for me to understand what people like Arun Jaitley, Jatinder Rana and Muzaffar Beg said on the Dialogue Process,” Soz said in a press statement issued to KNS.
Soz said that the Finance Minister Jaitley categorically rebutted Congress leader P. Chidambaram and quoting him out of context, that Congress was creating a disaster by offering Autonomy to Kashmir which is a settled issue and Jammu and Kashmir State is an integral part of India and stressed that no more Autonomy was needed to Kashmir.
“Jatinder Rana of Jammu also made it clear enough on behalf of the BJP that dialogue process has been there and Dineshwar Sharma was not a special emissary. Like Jaitley, he emphasized that there was no problem in Kashmir and it was a settled issue and Kashmir was an integral part of India for all times to come. As if this was not enough, Muzaffar Beg of the PDP spoke to media very recently and gave a clear message to the Hurriyat saying, “whatever little you have (Bacha Khacha of 370) have that and don’t look to Pakistan as it (Pakistan) could do nothing for them,” Soz added.
Soz said his assessment is that what the people like Jaitley and Jatinder said on the dialogue constitutes an affront to Home Minister Rajnath Singh whose narrative on Kashmir has been on a different line; certainly, conducive to the Dialogue Process.
“In fact, I had satisfied myself to believe PM Modi’s statement on embracing Kashmiris that he made on this year’s Independence Day because Rajnath Singh had sustained the spirit of that statement through his recent narrative on Kashmir,” Soz added. (KNS)