Interlocutors Report Inspired By Saffron Agenda: Hizb Chief

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Srinagar, May 26: Terming Kashmir report interlocutors appointed by the Indian government as a creation of the saffron brigade, Pakistan administered Kashmir based – United Jehad Council chairman and Hizbul Mujahideen supreme commander, Syed Salahuddin, on Saturday, said the report has attempted to portray the Kashmir issue as an administrative problem.

In a telephone interview with a local news gathering agency in Srinagar, Salahuddin said the interlocutors’ report is a futile exercise aimed at dividing the State on communal and sectarian grounds.

“Separatist leadership’s stand on the interlocutors’ role has been vindicated, as the report plays into the hands of the saffron brigade. The interlocution was a preplanned conspiracy to divide the State on religious and communal basis. It is the saffron brigade which has been demanding a separate Jammu state, Union Territory status to Ladakh to ensure that Kashmir is crushed with force,” he said.

He said the report has tried to portray the Kashmir issue as a problem related governance and administration. “This report is trying to give the Kashmir issue a new colour and tries to convey that improved governance, economy, law making and social rights will solve everything. India through this report is trying to discredit Kashmiris’ 63 year old struggle by giving it a communal and sectarian twist,” he said and alleged that intelligence agencies were trying tooth and nail to divide the separatist leadership.

“This is not an interlocutors report but a report of the government of India. People of Kashmir must oppose this report tooth and nail and not allow the designs of such divisive panels to succeed,” the Hizb chief added.

Fayaz Wani reports on life in Srinagar, Kashmir.