A day ahead of the all-party delegation visit to Jammu and Kashmir, chief minister Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday invited separatists for talks to resolve the Kashmir conflict. Reaching out formally to the JKLF, all three Hurriyat factions,National Front and Jamaat-e-Islami, Mehbooba Mufti in a letter asked the separatists to engage with the 30 member all-party delegation, who she said, represented both the government and the people of India. “Cutting across party lines and political positions, the country's political leadership has reached out and it is for us to collectively lend it credence and credibility,“ she wrote in her invitation letter to the separatists.
The invitations were sent to Sayeed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Mohammad Yasin Malik, Prof Abdul Gani Bhat, Moulvi Abbas Ansari, Shabir Ahmad Shah, Bilal Gani Lone, Aga Hassan, Naeem Ahmad Khan and others.
The chief minister however underlined that she was inviting them for talks as the president of People's Democratic Party (PDP). “My party has always believed that the Hurriyat Conference is a stakeholder in the peace, resolution and prosperity of the state,“ she wrote asking the separatists to “take the lead“ in holding a “meaningful political dialogue“ to end the stalemate. Mehbooba hoped that the separatists would accept her offer and “indicate a time and place“ of their “convenience for an exchange of ideas with the delegation.“
Chief minister emphasized that the PDP's `agenda of alliance' with its alliance partner, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), included the commitment to facilitate dialogue with all the stakeholders.