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Geelani rejects talks offer with India

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IB official proposes dialogue between Geelani and India

Srinagar: 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.

Syed Ali Geelani while addressing IB official said that to continue its forced military occupation, India is not only inflicting worst oppression and atrocities upon the Kashmiri nation but this country is supressing our youth and killing them on mere pretext.

Since past seven decades hundreds and thousands of people were mercilessly killed by Indian forces and lakhs of people were forced to migrate while as hundreds are languishing in detention centres and in jails, Geelani said. It is horrific to see thousands of those maimed with pellets and other lethal weapons, Geelani explained to IB official and added that those disappeared in forces custody figure more than eight thousand. Briefing the horrendous situation arising due to atrocities perpetrated by brute forces Geelani said that how can we forget thousands of those widows and orphans.

The volatile situation in Jammu and Kashmir was a natural reaction against India’s “stubborn attitude”, Geelani said, adding that Delhi was desperately trying to impose its verdict on the state through military might.

Syed Ali Geelani lamented India leadership for their callous approach, saying that instead of adopting the political and sane approach they are following their coercive measures and carrying bloodshed to cow down our political aspirations.

“I, with a sincere heart, want to convey that we are yearning for peace and seek peaceful resolution to the long- pending (Kashmir) issue,” Geelani said and added we are not against the dialogue process, but we favour only meaningful and result-oriented negotiations. We have a clear agenda and our viewpoint is unambiguous, saying the issue can be resolved through dialogue,” however he added that more than 150 rounds of bilateral negotiations yielded no results because India never illustrated sincerity, said Syed Ali Geelani.

“For any Kashmiri to be part of this futile exercise will only undermine our internationally acknowledged legitimate and just struggle, nourished by the blood of our martyrs and great sacrifices and hardships rendered by the masses”. Geelani said.

Syed Ali Geelani addressing intelligence officer said that it is very unfortunate that tall claims of Indian leadership about being a largest democracy, is nothing but hoax, as political and its army leadership are following fascist mindset saying that it is extremely unwise to deny political space and muzzle genuine voices, saying people and leadership are reeling under emergency and martial law like situations.

Lawlessness is at its peak, said Syed Ali Geelani, saying the rampant use of black laws like POTA, AFSPA has become the order of the day and NIA during its raids arrested resistance leadership on fabricated charges and detained them in Tihar jail. The detainees in Tihar and other jails are meted out will inhuman and harsh treatment and denied basic amenities as guaranteed in UN charter, said Geelani.

Geelani made it clear that under such indifferent, apathetic and appalling situation no talks will prove fruitful and result oriented, hence it is responsibility of Indian leadership to prepare conducive atmosphere for talks between all its stakeholders including Pakistan. (CNS)

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