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Kashmiri separatists did U-turn on talks on Nov 4

Kashmiri separatists did  U-turn on talks on Nov 4
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Arun Joshi

tribune news service

Srinagar, November 10

The Kashmiri separatists had made up their mind to give another try to an engagement with New Delhi and also to bring Pakistan on board as latest as November 4, but a notice to JKLF chief Yasin Malik the very same day made them do a U-turn and reject the talks offer in almost absolute terms.“They felt the space to operate for the Hurriyat Conference was being completely squeezed. Since there was no back channel at work, they thought it was time to tell Delhi that separatists cannot be cowed down and made to sit across the table,” sources said. This also gave a boost to pro-Pakistan elements like Syed Ali Shah Geelani, who on Thursday reaffirmed that “Kashmir should be a part of Pakistan”.(Follow The Tribune on Facebook; and Twitter @thetribunechd)According to the separatists, Delhi’s special representative Dineshwar Sharma was being used as a ruse.Sources said the Hurriyat, like all other groups in Kashmir, was convinced that “Pakistan, good or bad, cannot be wished away. It has a historical stake and also controls the levers of militancy to a large extent”. Already there is dismay among separatists over the very limited public support they have garnered against the NIA raids, and the opening of doors to the interlocutor would have strengthened the impression propagated by Delhi that they had been doing wrong all through.