http://www.indianexpress.com/news/Salahuddin-blasts--hartal-policy---says-ready-for-talks/737635 United Jihad Council chief Syed Salahuddin has again slammed the Hurriyatâ€™s sustained hartal strategy that shut Kashmir for much of the last summer and autumn. He also said he was ready for talks with the Indian government if a â€œsincereâ€ offer was made to him. In a telephonic interview with a local news agency in Srinagar, Salahuddin said the â€œwrong policy and emotionalismâ€ diluted last yearâ€™s agitation. â€œWe have to sit down and chalk out a result-oriented program. No nation can remain dependent on constant strikes,â€ Salahuddin, who is also chief of Kashmirâ€™s largest militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen, said. Salahuddin said he had given good advice (to reconsider the hartal policy) to â€œfriendsâ€ (the separatists),but they did not listen. â€œAnd now, they regret.â€ His opposition to strikes at the height of the agitation was rejected by the Hurriyatâ€™s hardline faction. He urged the separatist leadership to start a â€œjoint campaignâ€ for separation from India. He disapproved of hardline Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelaniâ€™s contention that merger of Hurriyat was not necessary, saying â€œcomplete separatist unityâ€ was the only way forward. Salahuddin said he was in favour of a dialogue with Centre, if the offer was sincere. â€œIf a sincere offer comes from the Government of India for talks.... we are ready to accept,â€ he said, but reiterated his traditional stand that the dialogue should involve India, Pakistan and Kashmiris. ---------------------------------- An interesting development, it doesn't mean that he has softened his sepratist stand and the "talks offer" is not realistic at present. But this is an acknoledgement that hartal politics is resented by the J&K locals and is counter-productive for them.