Geelani Not A Dangerous Person: Paswan

Geelani Not A Dangerous Person: Paswan

27 April 2011
Kashmir Observer


Srinagar: Noted parliamentarian and Lok Jan Shakti Party leader, Ram Vilas Paswan, called on Syed Ali Shah Geelani at his residence today, saying that no dialogue would bear fruit without the Hurriyat(G) chairman whom he described as the real representative of the Kashmiri people. During their meeting, Geelani stressed on the need for India to accept “hard realities in Kashmir” to make any dialogue on the issue successful, a Hurriyat (G) spokesman said. Geelani demanded the total revocation of the Dogra Certificate order, saying that New Delhi was pushing Kashmiris towards agitation by such steps as it wanted to continue political uncertainty in Jammu and Kashmir. Geelani said that Hurriyat was ready to enter into dialogue process provided India accepts Kashmir as a dispute. “There have been many rounds of talks between Delhi and Srinagar but the issue has remained unresolved as Government of India is not conceding that Kashmir is a dispute.” “I had proposed five points for starting a dialogue for resolution of Kashmir issue. They (Government) have been saying they are willing to consider four of the five points but not the dispute part. For us, that is the core issue,” he said. He asked Paswan to convince the Indian government to fulfil promises made to the Kashmiri people, and convey to the Indian masses that people here were not their enemies but were engaged in a peaceful and legitimate struggle for their birthright. Terming Geelani as a noble person, Paswan said, “I’m really impressed with Geelani and whenever I come to Kashmir I make it a point to call on him. However, Geelani has been projected as a dangerous person before the Indians. But now people have started realizing that he is a missionary person who has sacrificed his whole life for a cause,” he said. The LJP president alleged that the central government had done nothing even on the four points of Geelani they were willing to consider. “What have they done about the Armed Forces Special Powers Act? What have they done about the youth booked under PSA? Why don’t they release those who are not involved in any heinous crimes?” he asked. Opposing the Dogra Certificate, the former rail minister said, “It’s a conspiracy to divide people of Jammu and Kashmir.” Earlier, Paswan visited the family of slain Jamiat-e-Ahli Hadees Chief Moulvi Showkat Ahmad Shah and condoled the bereaved family. Condemning Shah’s killing, Paswan said he was a “peace loving” man and “servant of humanity.”


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