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Omar and Mehbooba questions Army Chiefs  “dual’ approach with regard to talks

Srinagar, Jan 9, : Reacting to the comments of Army Chief General Bipin Rawat on talks with Taliban, the former chief ministers of Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti questioned the approach of the centre towards Kashmir.

Taking to their Twitter handles both Omar and Mehbooba questioned the double standards of the centre with regards to Kashmir.

While Mehbooba called for an initiation of dialogue with Hurriyat and other stake holders, Omar questioned the general’s dual policy on Kashmir.

“We bat for talks with taliban, autonomy for Tibet & Tamil areas of Sri Lanka yet we are unwilling to look at engagement or political initiatives in J&K. Why is our policy all about “do as we say, don’t do as we do”? Engagement for Taliban, Operation All-Out for Kashmir,” the National conference leader tweeted.

Meanwhile  PDP president Mehbooba Mufti asked General Bipin Rawat to accept peace offer from Pakistan . “If the Army Chief can advocate for talks with Taliban then why different standards when it comes to our own people? Accept peace offer from Pakistan, initiate dialogue with Hurriyat and other stakeholders put an end to the vicious cycle of violence in J&K.” she wrote on her Twitter.

Earlier Rawat had said there should be unconditional talks with Taliban as part of Afghan peace process.

He said that Afghan peace is in the interest of region, Pakistan as well as India.


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