Srinagar, October 28 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, noted religious scholar and the Chairman of Ummat-e-Islami, Qazi Ahmed Yasir has said that arrests and dialogue cannot go together.

Qazi Ahmed Yasir addressing a protest rally at Litter in Pulwama district said that dialogue without inclusion of all the stakeholder would be a mere photo opportunity. Conducive atmosphere is imperative for holding dialogue, he said, while referring to India’s move of appointing former Chief of Intelligence Bureau, Dineshwar Sharma, as interlocutor on Kashmir.

He said, “Dialogue will not produce anything concrete till Pakistan and other principal parties sit together on a table. We are not against dialogue, but dialogue should be meaningful and result-oriented.”

Participants of the rally raised high-pitched pro-freedom and anti-India slogans.

Later, Qazi Yasir visited the family members of a martyred youth Nisar Ahmed and expressed solidarity with them. Nisar Ahmed and another youth Waseem Ahmed Shah were martyred by Indian troops in Pulwama on October 14.

Paying rich tributes to the martyred youth, he said that the sacrifices of Kashmiri people would not be allowed to go waste and their mission would be accomplished at all costs.

He also demanded release of all illegally detained Hurriyat leaders and activists languishing in different jails of India and the occupied territory.

Meanwhile, the spokesman of Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party in a statement in Srinagar said that talks would be meaningless untill India accepted Jammu and Kashmir as a disputed territory. He said that Indian government was offering talks at a time when the top Hurriyat leadership was either in jails or under house detention. He said that such an atmosphere was not conducive for dialogue.


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