New Delhi: The Syed Ali Shah Geelani-led Hurriyat Conference on Saturday said India’s policy of non-inclusion of the Kashmir issue in the NSA level talks with Pakistan was “unfortunate”. “It is very unfortunate that India has put pre-conditions to Pakistan ahead of the talks. It also proves that India has no argument to put before the international community with respect to Kashmir,” Ayaz Akbar.
The response came after External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in a press conference in New Delhi said that NSA talks could only go on if Pakistan kept it restricted to terrorism. Describing it as a “victory” for both Hurriyat and Pakistan, the Hurriyat official said: “It is India’s defeat on the diplomatic front and victory of Kashmir as well as Pakistan. ” Earlier in the day, Sushma Swaraj said there would be no talks with Pakistan if it insisted on discussing Kashmir.
Jammu and Kashmir is likely to receive snowfall in the next two days, which could help bring pollution down in neighbouring states.
“The snowfall accompanied by winds will bring down the particulate matter in the air to great extend,” Sonam Lotus, Director of the J&K Meteorological Department, told IANS.
“The active western disturbance and its interaction with cyclone MAHA, currently located in East Central Arabian Sea, is likely to cause moderate to heavy snowfall and rain in plains of J&K, and Ladakh during November 6-8. The snowfall will peak in the night on November 7,” MET said in a statement.
Lotus said early snowfall in happening for the second year in succession in Kashmir. “It’s good for agriculture, but could damage standing crops,” he said.
The MET has alerted the J&K administration about the likely disruption in road transport, especially through passes, like Zojilla, and on the Srinagar-Jammu-Leh-Manali Highway and Mughal road, due to landslides, low temperature and heavy snowfall.
The Jammu-Srinagar National Highway is the main link between Kashmir and the rest of the country.
Last year, the highway remained blocked for several days, cutting Kashmir from rest of the country and causing shortage of essentials in the Valley. Normally, the government stocks up essential supplies ahead of the winter, especially for areas like Tangdhar, Gurez and Ladakh. Most of these areas remain disconnected due to heavy snowfall.
Last year also, Kashmir witnessed snowfall in November. Normally, snowfall begins after November on the upper reaches of Kashmir. The 40-day peak winter season called ‘Chila-e-Kalan’ begins from December 20. Snowfall during the period last longer and is a major source for drinking water in summers.