One "fails to understand" what hope to attach with a delegation which has not "spelled out its mandate for any engagement on a clear agenda", separatist leaders Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik said in a joint statement issued here.
These methods of "crisis management through Parliamentary Delegations and Track-Two... can't take the place of a genuine transparent agenda-based dialogue to address the core issue...," they said.

All party delegation meeting with J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti & other state ministers underway in Srinagar.

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"That has been our consistent stand and has been spelled out recently as well in our letters to various international and global fora," they said. The separatist leaders also lashed out at Mehbooba, alleging that she was playng the "role of obfuscation".

They said given this situation, it is "not surprising that even now her (Mehbooba's) dominant concern, as expressed in her letter, is to 'lend credence and credibility' to the Indian Parliamentary Delegation visiting Kashmir avowedly to ascertain wishes of the people".

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They also referred to her "outburst" during a press conference with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh recently, and said it seemed to even "embarrass" the minister.

Earlier in the morning, all-party delegation led by Home Minister Rajnath Singh held talks with Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti here as it began a two-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir during which it is expected to interact with a cross-section of people with a view to restore peace in the strife-hit Valley.

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The meeting, chaired by Singh at Sher-I-Kashmir International Conference Centre soon after the 26-member delegation arrived here, discussed the security situation in the Valley.

It also took stock of those injured in the violent protests since the killing of Hizbul militant Burhan Wani on July 8. Initially, the delegation was proposed to be of 29 Members of Parliament, but only 26 MPs have come here. Cutting across party lines, leaders said that they were hopeful of finding a solution for restoration of peace in the Valley which has been in the grip of violent protests that left left 71 persons dead and scores of others injured.


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