Dialogue going on between India and Hurriyat, says former RAW Chief

New Delhi:  Former Chief of Research Analysis Wing (RAW) A. S. Dulat Saturday said that he failed to understand why separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was denying the fact that dialogue is going on between Government of India and Hurriyat leaders. Dulat told Srinagar based news gathering agency CNS that when minister of state for home affairs R P N Singh himself is declaring in the Parliament that dialogue is going on then there is no reason to contradict his statement.

Pertinently, Mirwaiz led Hurriyat had termed the minister in Indian Parliament far from truth and had said that no dialogue is going on between Hurriyat and New Delhi.

“God knows better why Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has described the statement of the Minister as misleading and claimed that it was made with a malicious intention to malign the image of Hurriyat leadership as well as to hoodwink the public opinion. May be Mirwaiz wants a meaningful dialogue and the dialogue which draws everybody’s attention,” he said.

He said that there are various forms of dialogue and the fact is that dialogue is going on. “A minister can’t lie in the Parliament. I presume that Mirwaiz feels that dialogue which is going on is not good enough and he wants it to be more conclusive,” he said.

Responding to a query, Dulat said that no political party will get political mileage by raising Afzal Guru issue. He said that both ruling National Conference and opposition Peoples Democratic Party were on the same page as far as the execution of Guru was concerned. Both the parties termed the execution unfortunate and criticized New Delhi.

“The issue of Guru’s execution can’t be made a pole plank as it will not suit the interests of political parties in Jammu and Kashmir,” he said. Dulat said that the execution of Guru was unfortunate but political parties of Jammu and Kashmir should move ahead and not criticize each other over the issue.

Responding to a query about fresh row over 2012 troops movement near Delahi, former RAW chief said that India is never going to be Pakistan way. “Army should restraint from jumping into politics and should not issue political statements. India can’t be compared with Pakistan as far as the role of Army is concerned. Our Army has no role in politics and there are no chances at all that India will go Pakistan way where Army rules the roost,” he said. CNS