The Mehbooba Mufti government on Sunday did not raise the subject of the ongoing unrest in Kashmir during a meeting with an all-party delegation put together to look into the crisis in the Valley, reported The Indian Express. The 28-member team arrived in Kashmir on Sunday for a two-day visit to hold talks regarding the crisis in the region since the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen leader Burhan Wani on July 8.
Though the Home Minister Rajnath Singh-led delegation said that “there is an urgent need to initiate a result-oriented dialogue to solve the issue", the ruling Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party representatives spoke only about development and other issues such as release of funds by the Centre, review of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act and banning of pump action shotguns that have left thousands in the region with serious injuries.
Before the state's finance minister, Haseeb Drabu, made the presentation, Mufti said false propaganda was being created around the ongoing crisis in the region. She said she believes that the situation would come under control soon.
After the first meeting, Mufti wrote on Facebook, "Met the ‘All Party Delegation’ at S.K.I.C.C today and pitched for unconditional talks with all stakeholders… Also committed to help initiate a sustained and meaningful dialogue with all internal stakeholders, which will include all political groups irrespective of their ideological views and predilections. This dialogue seeks to build a broad-based consensus on resolution of all outstanding issues of J&K."
On the same day, separatist leaders turned down Mufti's invitation to discuss their issues with the delegation. The leaders said the delegation's visit was a "deceitful method of crisis management". Leaders of the Hurriyat Conference, who have been under house arrest during the unrest in the state or in jail, decided to take a stand of no-dialogue.
Separatist leaders, including Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik, issued a joint declaration that said the chief minister continued to perform "the role of obfuscation", and that her main concern was to lend "credence and credibility” to the delegation. They also accused the delegation of not specifying a mandate for the discussion. Their statement said, "Everyone knows that people have been shouting for azaadi on the roads. The dirty ambitions of the collaborators and their masters in Delhi have turned them deaf and blind."
Several incidents of protests were reported from across the Valley on Sunday. The Mini Secretariat at Shopian was set ablaze by an agitating mob. As many as 275 civilians were injured during demonstrations carried out against the delegation's visit.