Delhi Police order has delayed decision on talks: Hurriyat

Geelani, who is in New Delhi for medical treatment, has been asked by the Delhi Police not to leave the capital as it wants to quiz him in connection with a hawala case.

Last Updated: Feb 22, 2011, 21:26 PM IST

Srinagar: Hardline Hurriyat Conference on Tuesday
said that it is ready to discuss talks invitation from the Centre-
appointed interlocutors but the Delhi Police restriction
orders on Syed Ali Shah Geelani had put a spanner in this
direction.

"Hurriyat had decided to discuss the invitation of the
Centre`s interlocutors upon return of Geelani from Delhi but
his detention has delayed the proposed meeting, where a final
decision would have been taken on the issue", Hurriyat
spokesman Ayaz Akbar said in a statement.

It seems that Centre wants to "force" the Hurriyat
Conference into dialogue at gunpoint, he said.

The Geelani-led Hurriyat had received an invitation
from the Centre-appointed interlocutors headed by veteran
journalist Dileep Padgaonkar on February 19.

Geelani, who is in New Delhi for medical treatment, has
been asked by Delhi Police not to leave the capital as it
wants to quiz him in connection with a hawala case.

Three persons, including Geelani`s close aide Ghulam
Mohammad Bhat, are already in custody for their alleged
involvement in the case.

The spokesman also criticised the statement of Chief
Minister Omar Abdullah in which he asserted that Geelani had
not been arrested.

"When a person has been notified in writing that he
cannot return to his home, what else can it be other than
detention? Police personnel are surrounding the residence of
Geelani at Delhi round the clock", he said.

Akbar said the use of undemocratic and coercive
tactics have not yielded any results with regard to Kashmir
issue in the past and such measures will fail in future as
well.

PTI