Hurriyat leader Geelani terms appointment of interlocutors as `fraud`

As the government`s interlocutor plan to visit Kashmir on Saturday, hardliner Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Thursday termed the step as a "fraud" and said they should be boycotted in the valley.

New Delhi: As the government`s interlocutor
plan to visit Kashmir on Saturday, hardliner Hurriyat leader
Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Thursday termed the step as a "fraud" and
said they should be boycotted in the valley.

"Dialogue is not possible till my five point suggestions
are adhered to," Geelani said here while addressing a
convention on `Azaadi -- The Only Way` -- as he shared dais
with a number of various other separatists, naxal sympathisers
and pro-Khalistan people.
"Today it is said that interlocutors will come and meet a
host of people in the state for one year to understand what
people want. This is a fraud. It is an attempt to delay
everything hoping that people will forget," he said.

He insisted that Kashmir is not an internal issue but an
international one and said the interlocutors should be
boycotted.

Geelani, who has been spewing venom on India, claimed
that he was not against the people of India.

At the convention, the Hurriyat hawk faced a strong
protest from a group of people, one of whom threw a shoe
towards him but it missed the target.

Shouting slogans like `Bharat Mata Ki Jai` and `Vande
Mataram`, the protestors numbering around 70 created ruckus
to voice their unhappiness over Geelani`s presence.

A human chain was immediately thrown around him on the
dais by the security personnel and organisers to protect the
leaders on the dais.

The protestors were taken out by police personnel and 32
of them were detained and later let off.
At the time of the protest, S A R Geelani, a lecturer who
was accused in the Parliament attack case but later set free,
was speaking on the topic.

PTI

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