PDP to press Centre to hold talks with Pakistan, separatists

'Restrictions on separatist leaders put as part of standard practice'

Updated - December 04, 2021 11:32 pm IST

Published - August 25, 2015 04:39 pm IST - Srinagar

NSA-level talks between the two countries were called off on Saturday.

NSA-level talks between the two countries were called off on Saturday.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Jammu and Kashmir, on Tuesday, said it will press the Centre to hold dialogue with Pakistan and separatists. This comes days after the >scrapping of the NSA-level talks between the two countries.

However, the BJP said separatists have to stop acting as “agents of Pakistan” and need to join the mainstream.

PDP chief spokesman Mehboob Beg said that >restrictions imposed on separtist leaders in Kashmir, ahead of their proposed meeting with Pakistan NSA Sartaj Aziz in Delhi, were “routine” and the State government had not issued any direction.

He said the PDP would continue to convince the Central government to talk to Pakistan and the separatists.

“Unfortunately, Kashmir bears the brunt of any problem in the relations between India and Pakistan. [Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed] Sayeed will continue to convince Delhi to hold dialogue,” he said.

Mr. Beg said the restrictions on the separatist leaders were put by the police as part of the standard practice.

“The restrictions on separatists were routine. The Chief Minister did not know about it. He was in Uri [in north Kashmir for an official function] when he came to know about the restrictions on the movement of separatists. He immediately ordered the DGP to lift the restrictions and release all the separatists,” he said.

He said Mr. Sayeed was very clear in his conviction and commitment to peace and reconciliation.

“It is true that this coalition is the alliance of north pole and south pole. We have differences in ideologies but we have to respect the mandate of the people. But let us call a spade a spade, we have to talk [to Pakistan and separatists]. There is no lack of conviction and commitment from Sayeed’s side on this,” he said.

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