Geelani rejects talks offer with India


Srinagar, Mar 16:  All Parties Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Geelani Thursday rejected talks offer with India by an IB official and termed all these attempts as futile, saying it is nothing more than a tactic” to buy time by New Delhi.

Chief Spokesperson G A Gulzar in a statement disclosed that on Thursday night an IB official proposed a dialogue between New Delhi and Syed Ali Geelani, however he refused to talk, saying unless and until the Kashmir dispute is addressed in its historical perspective and asked India to acknowledge the disputed status of the Kashmir and begin demilitarization to hold a referendum.

Geelani made it clear that Kashmir issue has turned into a flash point and unless India accepts its disputed nature, no progress is expected and horrors of war will haunt people living in sub-continent. He further said that people of J&K are peace-loving, and Indian leaders can play a key role (in resolving the issue) by respecting their aspirations, instead of adopting coercive measures.

They should shun fanatical politics because the need of the hour is to acknowledge the ground realities of the long-pending Jammu and Kashmir dispute,” Syed Ali Geelani said to IB official.

Kashmiri people have never accepted or acknowledged the forced occupation of India and they are at war with this country (India) for the past seven decades, spokesperson quoted Syed Ali Geelani having said to IB official. We time and again demanded that people should be allowed to express their aspiration about political future and destiny of state, Syed Ali Geelani said

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