FaisulYaseenSrinagar, Dec 07:
Minister of State (MoS) for Civil Aviation, JayantSinha Thursday backed the stand of Prime Minister and Home Minister regarding New Delhi’s talks with Hurriyat and not his father, former finance and external affairs minister, YashwantSinha.
“I am on the same page as Prime Minister NarendraModi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh,” he said talking to reporters on the sidelines of the ‘Ideas Summit 2017’ organised by Foundation for Research, Development and Education (FRDE) at Sher-e-Kashmir International Convention Centre (SKICC) in Srinagar.
The Government of India (GoI) has appointed the former Director of Intelligence Bureau (IB), Dineshwar Sharma as its interlocutor on Kashmir, who has already held dialogue with the veteran Hurriyat leader, Abdul GaniBhat.
However, the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising the most popular Kashmiri leader, Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik has already rejected holding parleys with GoI’s interlocutor.
The civil aviation minister, who is the son of former finance and external affairs minister, YashwantSinha, termed his father’s suggestion to New Delhi of having dialogue with Hurriyat as his personal opinion.
The elder Sinha was part of the AtalBihari Vajpayee cabinet that made progress on the resolution of Kashmir issue by entering into dialogue both with the Hurriyat leadership led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Islamabad during the rule of President ParvezMusharaff.
The YashwantSinha-led panel comprising former Chief Information Commissioner, WajahatHabibullah, former Air Chief Marshall, KapilKak, veteran journalist, Bharat Bushan and Programme Director of Centre for Dialogue and Reconciliation (CDR) SushobhaBarve have visited Kashmir several times after the 2016 uprising in which around 100 civilians were killed at the hands of Police, Army and paramilitary forces.
YashwantSinha contributed to developing better Indo-French relationship, in recognition of which he was conferred the France's highest civilian honor, ‘Legion of Honor’.
However, he is not being taken seriously by Prime Minister NarendraModi, who did not even give audience to him so that he could brief him about the situation in Kashmir after he held several meetings with Kashmiri leaders and civil society members.