Hurriyat Has No Desire To Talk To New Delhi: Geelani

Hurriyat Has No Desire To Talk To New Delhi: Geelani

9 September 2012
Rising Kashmir


Srinagar: Senior separatist leader, Syed Ali Geelani Sunday strongly reacted to the statement of union minister and National Conference president, Farooq Abdullah. Calling Abdullah as an employee of New Delhi with no authority to speak on policy matters, the Hurriyat (G) chief said, “Hurriyat will never approach New Delhi for talks.” “We are not going to talk to New Delhi and we have no desire to do so. We don’t need to have discussion with India,” a Hurriyat statement quoted Geelani as saying. The separatist leader was referring to Abdullah’s statement wherein he had said that separatists must come forward if they are indeed willing to resume dialogue with Government of India and that New Delhi is not going to beg before them in this regard. “Such statements make him look silly. It shows his ‘more loyal than king’ mentality,” Geelani said. “We are not depressed or eager to talk to New Delhi or people like Farooq Abdullah.” The Hurriyat (G) chief said that Abdullah is continuously talking about Kashmir being integral part of India “because he has managed a low key ministry after a lot of struggle and compromises”. “Jammu and Kashmir is not a part of India and terming it ‘integral part’ is beyond realism.” Reiterating his party’s stance on the issue, Geelani said, “There is only one solution to Kashmir problem: Give Kashmiris right to self-determination.” “We challenge India’s rule in Kashmir. We cannot cheat on blood of those who died for Kashmir cause.”