Geelani rejects fresh ‘dialogue offer’ of ‘IB official’


Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani has rejected fresh talks offer terming “all these attempts as futile”, saying “it is nothing more than a tactic” to buy time.

Chief Spokesperson of Hurriyat (G) G A Gulzar in a statement disclosed that on Thursday night an IB official proposed a dialogue between New Delhi and Syed Ali Geelani, however Geelani “refused to talk”. “Geelani made it clear that Kashmir issue has turned into a flash point and unless India accepts its disputed nature, no progress is expected and horrors of war will haunt people living in sub-continent,” a statement said.

The spokesman said that people of J&K are peace-loving, and Indian leaders can play a key role (in resolving the issue) by respecting their aspirations, instead of adopting coercive measures. “They (Indian government) should shun fanatical politics because the need of the hour is to acknowledge the ground realities of the long-pending Jammu and Kashmir dispute,” Geelani said to IB official. “Kashmiri people have never accepted or acknowledged the forced occupation of India and they are at war with this country (India) for the past seven decades,” the statement said quoting Geelani having said to IB official.