Bhim Singh questions logic of allowing Rashid to participate in roundtable in Pakistan

New Delhi, Jan. 16 (ANI): Criticising the Centre for allowing Langate MLA Engineer Rashid to visit Pakistan to attend a two-day roundtable conference on Jammu and Kashmir “dispute”, National Panthers Party (NPP) leader Bhim Singh on Saturday said he failed to understand how the Government of India would allow a legislator to go to Pakistan to participate in such a conference, which doesn’t have locus standi.

“What is this conference? Who is the organiser? What is the locus standi of this conference vis-a-vis India and Pakistan,” Bhim Singh sought to know.

Lambasting the timing of the conference, which is taking place when the Pakistan Government is still probing into the leads provided by India with regard to the Pathankot attack, Bhim Singh said “This conference is being held in Pakistan at a time when Pakistani Army and ISI are hostile to the Indian interests through their conferences, meetings and utterances.

“How has this conference been organised? Does the Government of India know about it or was there any consultation with the Indian Foreign Ministry”. How has the Government of India allowed an Indian national, that too, a legislator of a state to participate – all these are questions that I have not been able to understand,” he said.

Bhim Singh said as a legislator even he had meetings between representatives of the two sides several times in 2005, 07, 11. “However, those were done after all consultations with the Foreign Ministry, the Home Ministry and the Government of India, and the Government of Pakistan had approved that. How this present meeting is being held in Pakistan, particularly at a time when ISI has become active against the national interests of India,” he questioned.

Former chief minister Farooq Abdullah said, “Not just Hurriyat, but they should have called representatives of all parties, including the BJP; only then the roundtable will be meaningful. If they hear argument of only one side, it won’t be much helpful.” (ANI)

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