Senior Kashmiri leader and former union minister Saifuddin Soz has said that Union Finance Minister and BJP leader Arun Jaitley is once again misreading the situation in Kashmir. Jaitley has complimented the Union for producing a situation of normalcy in Kashmir through the use of force. He has also said that Hurriyat Conference has lost its influence in Kashmir. Criticising the BJP leader, Mr Soz said that this kind of thinking is detrimental to the Union itself which has in recent times asserted that it wants to initiate a dialogue in Kashmir.
In a press statement Saifuddin Soz further said, “I have seen Mr. Jaitley closely and many times, he only speaks to impress the gallery. Some Kashmir observers have told me that sometimes Mr. Jaitley issues statements, away from the Home Ministry’s perception on Kashmir and leaves further interpretation of his assertions to his junior colleague in the PMO.
But, the latest statement of Jailtey appears to be totally superficial as he knows it fully well that the use of force produces only a fragile and temporary situation of calm and ultimately, the turmoil erupts again, he added.
Soz further said, “I wish Mr. Jaitely takes a very serious look on the situation in Kashmir and decides to promote a meaningful political dialogue in Kashmir which can best be initiated with the Hurriyat Conference!”