Bajrang Dal protests against AIMIM’s Owaisi in Jammu

Jammu (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], Sept. 5 : The Bajrang Dal activists staged a protest against All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) leader Asaduddin Owaisi here on Monday after he reportedly met Hurriyat leaders.

"We are here from the past 70 years but the delegation didn't have time to meet us. We are just saying that at least listen to us once. Why did they come here for? Are we not nationalists? What have we done? They have given us time for the meeting, but that is very less and we don't support it," said one of the protestors.

Hurriyat leaders S.A.S. Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq yesterday refused to meet the all-party delegation. However, the delegation was yesterday successful in reaching out to Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chairman Yasin Malik.

Extremely upset with the separatists move to reject the offer of talks, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said this clearly indicates that they don't believe in 'insaniyat, Kashmiriyat, jamuriyat' while reiterating the doors are always open for those keen on holding a dialogue to restore normalcy in the region.

Addressing the media in Srinagar, Singh said the Centre as well as the all-party delegation is extremely serious and concerned about ensuring that the prevailing situation improves in the valley and normalcy is restored at the earliest.

"There are no two ways about the fact that Jammu and Kashmir is a part of India, was a part of India and will be a part of India," Singh said while spelling out the Centre's stand.

"Some members of the delegation met Hurriyat leaders and that the government neither approved nor disapproved of the same.

'Baat-cheet kay liye hamara darwaaza hi nahin, hamara roshandaan bhi khulaa hai'," Singh said. The separatists had earlier rejected Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti's invitation for talks.

The all-party delegation headed by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh yesterday held parleys with various sections of the society and listened to their concerns as part of efforts to find a common solution to the current unrest.

The delegation earlier met the Chief Minister during which a detailed presentation was given by the state government highlighting various issues related to the current scenario in Jammu and Kashmir.

While interacting with the delegation, Mehbooba said that Kashmir is a common issue of national interest and should not be viewed as a political issue.

The all-party delegation also met the representatives of various political parties who expressed their concern on the use of pellet guns.

Kashmir has been on the boil since the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani on July 8..

Source: ANI