Appointment of J&K interlocutors a dirty trick: Geelani

Calling for boycott of Centre`s interlocutors on Jammu and Kashmir, hardline Hurriyat Conference Chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani today said they had been appointed as part of a "dirty trick" to mislead Obama.

Last Updated: Oct 25, 2010, 18:35 PM IST

Srinagar: Calling for boycott of Centre`s
interlocutors on Jammu and Kashmir, hardline Hurriyat
Conference Chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani today said they had
been appointed as part of a "dirty trick" to mislead US
President Barack Obama.

"The real aim of (appointing) the interlocutors is to
mislead the US President during his visit to India next month.
Government of India wants to impress upon him that it is
making a serious effort for resolution of Kashmir issue,"
Geelani told reporters at his residence here.

Geelani, who was placed under house arrest immediately
after his return from Delhi yesterday, reiterated his call for
boycotting the interlocutors as people have already conveyed
their message about their wish for resolution of Kashmir issue
under the right to self-determination.

"The five-point formula we had suggested to Government of
India was endorsed by majority of people in Jammu and Kashmir
on Eid day (September 11). New Delhi should have acted upon
those suggestions which includes declaring Kashmir as a
dispute and withdrawal of troops from the state," he said.

He urged students, lawyers, traders and separatists lodged
in various jails not to meet the interlocutors as "it is a
dirty trick" of the Centre.

The boycott call comes a day after moderate Hurriyat
headed by Mirwaiz Umer Farooq said they will not meet the
panel headed by eminent journalist Dileep Padgaonkar.

Geelani asked people to be aware of the "nefarious designs
of Indian agencies" as they might attempt to repeat
Chattisinghpora incident "when 35 Sikhs were massacred during
the visit of then US President Bill Clinton to impress upon
him that the movement in Kashmir is terrorism."

On his heckling by Pannun Kashmir activists in Delhi on
Thursday, Geelani said, "I have forgiven them from the bottom
of my heart. They did what they felt was their duty towards
Indian nation due to their ideological synergy."

Alleging that Pandits were driven away from Kashmir under
a conspiracy by then Governor of the state, the hardline
leader said the Pandit community will find "good neighbours in
us whenever they return to their homes, orchards and fields".

Reacting to the Centre`s decision to file a case against
him for his speech at a seminar in Delhi, where demand for
secession of Kashmir was made by Kashmiri separatists, Geelani
said, "I have 90 FIRs registered against me. This will be
number 91."

Geelani said he did not say anything new in Delhi that he
had not said in Kashmir before.

Supporting the signature campaign and call of moderate
Hurriyat Conference for march to local UN office here on
October 27, he issued a fresh 13-day protest calendar which
has only four days exempted from strikes and protests.

The "normal" working days are October 28 and 29 and
November 2 and 4.

-PTI