Advani-Ansari Talks Aimed At Weakening Pak Stand: Geelani
15 January 2004
News Network International
Srinagar: The Chairman of APHC, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, showed concern that the talks between Indian Government and Ansari faction are aimed at weakening Pakistan's stand on Kashmir. In an interview, Geelani said, 'Ansari's Hurriet does not have any mandate to hold a dialogue with government of India on Kashmir.' He said during the 'cleansing process' in APHC, 15 constituents expressed no confidence on Ansari', while as Jamat-e-Islami, JKLF, Peoples League and Bar Association remained impartial. Geelani said Ansari faction is not in a position to represent Kashmiris in Delhi. He disclosed that the New Delhi wanted to talk to Ansari faction before the SAARC summit to tell Pakistan that it is holding a dialogue with Kashmiris. But the move failed. Since India and Pakistan are holding talks in February, New Delhi invited Ansari factions for dialogue to tell Pakistan not to mention about Kashmir as the government of India is directly in touch with Kashmiris, he stated. The real aim behind these talks is to weaken Pakistan's stand on Kashmir, Geelani said. Another senior separatist leader and president of Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) Shabir Ahmad Shah described the talks between centre and Hurriet (A) as a 'drama.' According to him there is total disunity and chaos and confusion on the political scene in Kashmir. Holding a dialogue under these circumstances is a meaningless exercise. Shah viewed that while India and Pakistan are coming closer, the situation in Jammu and Kashmir is unchanged.