No bilateral talks between Centre and Separatists acceptable: Geelani

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Srinagar: While strongly rejecting the bilateral talks between separatists and New Dehli, Hurriyat conference (G) Chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Friday made it clear that taking Kashmiri leadership on board was the only way forward toward the resolution of Kashmir dispute. In his informal talks with Ram Jeethmalani led Kashmir Committee in New Dehli, Geelani accused central government of indulging in grave human rights abuses in Kashmir. “India should give up terming Kashmir as its integral Part’’, Geelani reiterated to the select invitees at Jeethmalani’s Akbar Road residence, which included some top former think tanks, diplomats and eminent track-two activists.
Substantiating his claims with documentary evidences, Geelani once again repeated that the Kashmiris have been subjected to torture and human rights abuses by Army, Police and para military forces in the state during the last 21 years.
Referring to Home Minster P. Chidambarm’s statement in Parliament regarding the ‘broken promises’, Geelani said, “Bi-lateral talks, whether held between India and Pakistan or India and Kashmiri Separatist leaders, have always and would always prove useless.’’
According to KNS Geelani made it clear that Kashmiri people were never against any religion or Indian public. Referring to the smooth conduct of Amaranth Yatra, Geelani said that those who try to project Kashmiris as orthodox and hardliners have been proven wrong time and again. He said that Kashmiris were aware of the sufferings and destructions of war and terror, and claimed that they (Kashmiris) were peace-loving. He vowed that the freedom movement would be carried forward peacefully to its logical conclusion.
Earlier opening the debate, renowned social worker and track-two activist Madhu Keshwer called Syed Ali Shah Geelani a very “Straight forward” man who never indulges in hypocrisy. She said that Geelani was being often misunderstood. Senior Supreme Court Lawyer and former Union law minister Ram Jeethmalani, who hosted the meet, said that Kashmiri people were not terrorists and there was a need to solve the Kashmir problem. Geelani was accompanied by the Hurriyat (G) spokesman Ayaz Akbar, legal cell incharge Altaf Ahmad Shah and executive member Mohammad Shafi Qurashi.
-KNS

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