Four MPs to meet Hurriyat leaders

 Srinagar: Four opposition MPs of all-party delegation today broke away from the group and decided to reach out to separatists by meeting them separately.

CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury, CPI leader D Raja, JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav and RJD's Jay Prakash Narayan left the venue where the all-party delegation headed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh was meeting various groups and individuals and proceeded to meet hardline Hurriyat leader Seyd Ali Shah Geelani at his residence where he is under house arrest.

The MPs are also likely to meet another Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umer Farooq who is in Chashme Shahi sub-jail and JKLF chief Yaseen Malik and JK Democratic Liberation Front leader Shabir Shah, who are under detention at BSF camp in Humama. They are also likely to meet former Hurriyat chief Abdul Ghani Bhat.

They will be meeting Hurriyat leaders in individual capacity as an effort to reach out to separatists. Separatists have shunned the offer of coming to discussion table.

 A day after Mehbooba invited separatists in her capacity as PDP chief, separatist leaders Geelani, the Mirwaiz and Malik had issued a joint statement here, rubbishing her offer.

 "These deceitful methods of crisis management through Parliamentary delegations and Track-Two only prolong the sufferings of the people and can`t take the place of a genuine transparent agenda-based dialogue to address the core issue of the peoples' right to self-determination in J-K.

PTI