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Pakistan sabotaged dialogue with separatists: WikiLeaks

Pakistan engineered the assassination attempt on separatist Fazal-ul-Qureshi in December 2009, that was carried out by Hizbul Mujahideen, to put brakes on talks between New Delhi and Srinagar. The US cables released by WikiLeaks suggest that Pakistan feared it would be left out of the ‘mix’  if talks between New Delhi and Srinagar yielded results.

Talks between India and Pakistan, and subsequently with separatists, have not made much progress since the 2008 Mumbai attack.

‘Mirwaiz Omar Farooq, Prof Abdul Ghani Bhat, Bilal Lone and Syed Hassan said that the attempted assassination of their moderate colleague Fazal-ul-Qureshi was intended to be a clear message to all of the fate of those who talk to the government of India’, reads the cable.

Fazal-ul-Qureshi, head of the People’s Political Front (a constituent of APHC), was shot at on 4 December,  2009. Qureshi, who was a proponent of ‘armed struggle’,  and a founding member of APHC in 1992.  

The WikiLeaks suggest that APHC chairman Mirwaiz Omar Farooq and his colleagues had admitted that they had lost some political ground because of the campaign which had questioned their ‘quiet’ talks, with warning about cutting secret deals and selling out. ‘There is always a suspicion if one constituent of the Hurriyat holds talks with New Delhi or Centre holds talks with one group’,   said Kashmir University professor Gul Mohammad Wani.
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