Srinagar - Adopting a tough stance, Kashmiri leaders on Sunday rebuffed attempts by five Indian opposition MPs to talk to them even as an all-party parliamentary delegation explored ways to end the 56-day-old unrest by holding discussions with Held Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and some other mainstream leaders.

During the first day of its visit, the delegation met about 200 members in about 30 delegations from various sections of society and listened to their point of view to reach at a common solution to the current scenario in Jammu and Kashmir, a statement from the Indian Home Ministry said.

While the delegation, led by Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh, met mainstream sections, five members of the group broke away to meet the APHC leaders.

Four MPs - CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury, CPI leader D Raja, JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav and RJD's Jay Prakash Narayan - went to meet hardline Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani at his residence where he is under house arrest for the last 60 days while AIMIM leader Assadudin Owaisi went to meet moderate Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq at Chashma Shahi sub-jail where he is lodged.

At Geelani's residence, the gate was not even opened for the MPs while people shouted slogans outside. Geelani saw them from the window but refused to meet the parliamentarians.

The group also went to meet JKLF chief Yaseen Malik who is under detention at BSF camp in Humhama. He told the MPs that he will talk when he visits New Delhi.

Owaisi went separately to meet Mirwaiz who met him briefly but only exchanged pleasantries.

After Owaisi's failed attempt, the group comprising Yechury, Yadav, Raja and Narayan went to meet Mirwaiz and were with him for about 15 minutes.

The group tried to meet former Hurriyat Chairman Abdul Ghani Bhat who also refused to talk to them. Bhat welcomed the leaders but made it clear it has been decided that no talks will be held with the delegation members.

Owaisi said he also met another detained leader Shabir Shah for some time and offered 'namaz' along with him there.But no Kashmiri leader held talks with them.

"This is a futile exercise. Nothing concrete will happen until or unless India talks to Pakistan on Kashmir. We will not be able to arrive at any solution if India only talks to Kashmiris or Pakistan talks to Kashmiris. We should try and solve this issue which can otherwise result in hostilities between the two neighbouring nations," said Ghani Bhat.

Earlier in the day, the Kashmiri leaders rejected Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti's invitation to them for meeting with all-party delegation, terming such a measure "deceitful" and insisting that it cannot be an alternative to a "transparent agenda-based dialogue to address the core issue".

The Indian delegation had come here to cool the volatile situation arising out of violent protests that have gripped the Valley since the killing of Burhan Wani on July 8. The clashes resulting from the protests have claimed 71 lives and injured thousands.

After his meeting with Mirwaiz, Yechury said, "We are urging both sides to first restore normalcy and ensure that sufferings of people during last two months end. Start unconditional political dialogue."

He said "When government gives slogans, some tangible follow-up steps should also be taken."

Referring to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's talk about "Vikas (development) and Vishwas (trust)", the CPI(M) leader said "no tangible steps have been taken to develop trust among the Kashmiri people."

Earlier, Owaisi said Mirwaiz expressed his inability to have any talks because of position taken by his organisation. "I met him (the Mirwaiz) and he told me that my organisation has not mandated any talks with the parliamentarians. He expressed his inability to carry out any talks," he said.

He described the attempt as "ice breaking" and hoped it will continue with "some constructive steps being taken by the state and the central government. The process of dialogue needs to continue."

The 26-member parliamentary delegation, which arrived this morning, began its engagements with a meeting with the Chief Minister Mehbooba who pitched for unconditional dialogue with all stakeholders.

She said she was committed to help initiate a "sustained and meaningful dialogue" within the state with political groups, irrespective of the ideological views and predilections of the political groups.

During his hour-long interaction with the delegation, Omar recalled the previous all-party delegation visits since 1990 to Kashmir and said that "unfortunately when things cool down, there is no progress on the issue".

He said the MPs who have come here this time face a mammoth task in their hands to revive faith in this process.

The statement said various political parties expressed their concern over the injuries to civilians due to the use of pellet guns.

"The Union Home Minister said that government is already working on the alternatives to pellet guns such as PAVA shells," it said.