August 2004 News

Geelani's condition for talks

14 August 2004
The Daily Excelsior

Jammu: A day after Union Home Minister Shiv Raj Patil’s offer of unconditional talks, Hurriyat Conference led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani has attached his own conditions with the acceptance of talks. However, the firebrand separatist leader asserted 'words of the Indian leaders contradict their deeds on the ground'. Spelling out the conditions to the talks offer, Geelani said that if India means business in the wake of extending an unconditional offer of talks, it should revoke 1995 resolution adopted by both the houses of Indian Parliament that declared Jammu and Kashmir state an integral part of India. He also sought repealing of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, return of troopers to the barracks, release of all detainees and end to human rights violations in the troubled State. Geelani pointed out that he did not oppose the process of dialogue while emphasising that it should be purposeful and result oriented. Referring to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s promise of holding talks under the frame work of Insaniyat (humanity), he asked 'What happened on the ground under the garb of so called Insaniyat.' He said that unless India did not become 'courageous enough' to take appropriate steps for proving its sincerity on the ground, the dialogue process would not serve any purpose.  

 

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