Interlocutors Were Appointed Only To Ease Out 2010 Uprising In J&K: Geelani

Interlocutors Were Appointed Only To Ease Out 2010 Uprising In J&K: Geelani

25 May 2012
Times of India


Srinagar: Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Friday rubbished the interlocutors report on Kashmir as a political gimmick to 'ease out the 2010 uprising' in the valley. The 2010 summer in Kashmir witnessed massive protests organized by Geelani's Hurriyat and Mirwaiz led Hurriyat Conference. Over 110 people were killed by security forces during the protests. Peace was restored in the valley after the central government appointed a group of interlocutors to gather political views and aspirations of people in Jammu and Kashmir. On Thursday, the government made public the interlocutors report on Kashmir. The report recommends setting up of a constitutional committee that could review all the statute provisions in the Indian constitution, extended to J&K after 1952. Geelani, however on Friday, said that the interlocutors were appointed to ease out the '2010 uprising' in Kashmir. 'The whole exercise was farce and that was why we boycotted to meet the interlocutors,' the separatist hawk told a press conference on Friday at his Hyderpora residence. 'This exercise was to divert the attention of the world and the people from the uprising for the resolution of Kashmir issue,' he said. When Geelani was told that the interlocutors' mandate was to collect the views of the people of Kashmir, Jammu and Ladakh in order to address the internal dimension of the Kashmir problem, he said the Kashmir issue was a political problem and there was no internal or external dimension of the problem. The pro-Pakistan leader dismissed the interlocutors' observation that the clock could not be reversed. 'These remarks were made by the former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi to former chief minister Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah as well. They have no relevance to the Kashmir issue. We demand the right of self-determination to decide our political future. The construction of roads and bridges cannot suppress the people's aspiration for Azadi (secession from India),' Geelani said.