All party delegation for dialogue with all stakeholders in Indian Kashmir

The meeting, chaired by Indian home minister Rajnath Singh, who led the delegation, made it clear that there would be no compromise on national sovereignty. Photograph:( AFP )

PTI New Delhi, Delhi, India Sep 07, 2016, 11.46 AM (IST)
The Kashmir all party delegation, a team of representatives from all political parties of India, asked the Central and the state governments to take steps for a dialogue with “all stakeholders” from the state.

Indian interior minister Rajnath Singh today chaired the meeting to discuss and assess the situation in Kashmir.

Kashmir, the northern most Indian state, has been witnessing violent protests following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen militant commander Burhan Wani on June 8. More than 70 have died and thousands injured so far in the conflict.

Rajnath Singh made it clear that there would be no compromise on national sovereignty.

At the three-hour long meeting of the delegation, demands were made for the resumption of India-Pakistan dialogue, confidence building measures, and a "dual track" approach for bringing peace in Kashmir.

The political parties attending the meeting appealed to the people of the state to shun the path of violence and resolve all issues through dialogue and discussion.

"The members of the delegation are of the opinion that there is no place for violence in a civilised society. There can be no compromise on issue of national sovereignty," the resolution said.

The delegation statement asked the Central and state governments "to take steps for a dialogue with all stakeholders" without making any making any reference to separatists. 

Separatist Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani refused to meet them.

Asked whether separatists would also come under the purview of "stakeholders", minister of state in the Prime Minister's Office said the interior minister is open for dialogue with "all stakeholders". He did not elaborate.

To a similar question, Congress leader in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge said the separatist amalgamate is part of the "all stakeholders".