“This is a futile exercise. The Government of India is acting like the deaf and dumb," Chairman of the hardline faction of the Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Shah Geelani said reacting sharply to Centre's decision.
Mr Geelani further said no dialogue can be held for resolution of Kashmir issue unless the Centre acts on the five-point proposed by him in August this year for peace in the Valley.
Earlier the Hurriyat had demanded that the Centre accept Jammu and Kashmir as a dispute. He also sought release of all political prisoners, including those arrested for stone-pelting, withdrawal of armed forces from the State, putting an end to “human rights violations" and arresting the security personnel responsible for killings civilians during the recent unrest violent in the Valley.
The three interlocutors are journalist Dilip Padgaonkar, Prof Radha Kumar and Information Commissioner MM Ansari.