India, Pakistan turn to media

A statement which is likely to unleash a controversy, Kashmiri separatist leader Shabir Shah on Tuesday said that all the militants who have given their lives for Kashmir issue were like Bhagat Singh for them.

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Omar charged the Center and the state administration of detaining so as to undermine the NSA-level talks separatist pioneers in front of their meeting with Pakistan’s NSA Sartaj Aziz.

Shah said that during the previous government of Atal Vajpayee, KC Panth had come with a letter where government of India had clearly written that they are willing to talk on Kashmir and expected Pakistan to cooperate. “If we were not the relevant party, we did they come to meet us then?” he asked.

Leaders of the two countries would be addressing the UN General Assembly to be held in September. Most press accounts indicate that Pakistan sought to expand the NSAs’ agenda from the single subject of “terrorism” agreed upon at Ufa to include discussion of Kashmir.

He said Pakistan has prepared a proposal, which they hope to exchange with India, on setting up a mechanism so that some progress could be made on maintaining peace and tranquility on the border.

Asserting that Kashmiri separatist leaders are not a “third party”, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that any dialogue process with India which does not include the Kashmir issue will be futile. “It would be inappropriate for India to now impose the condition of changing this longstanding practice”, the official statement released by the neigbour country said. So after more than ten months, the Modi government’s decision to re-engage Pakistan was seen by some as New Delhi’s “on again, off again” approach towards Pakistan while others hyped it as being a “gamechanger” and a “breakthrough”.

Was the matter blown out of proportion?

“If it feels its case is strong, it should immediately implement the 18 UN resolutions passed on Kashmir”, Shah said and reiterated his resolve to continue the ongoing freedom struggle to ensure that the sacrifices do not go “waste”.

Political analyst Noor Ahmad Baba believes that the Indian side is caught in its own “rhetoric”.

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Commenting further in this regard, Former Chief Minister of J&K Omar Abdullah also tweeted, “Whose idea was it to make such a big deal of the Hurriyat-Pak chat?” Whether it is Siachen or tension along the borders.

Has Hurriyat emerged as the sole winner after NSA-level talks fiasco?