Nothing positive will come out of all-party meet: Geelani

Last Updated: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 - 14:35

Srinagar: Hardline Hurriyat Conference
leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani Wednesday said the all-party meet in
New Delhi is unlikely to help improve the situation in the
Kashmir Valley as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh`s speech did
not touch on the core issue of Kashmir.

"The Prime Minister`s speech has not focussed on the
core issue of Kashmir. There was no mention of the bigger
problem. I can`t see anything positive coming out of this
meeting," Geelani, who is spearheading the ongoing agitation
in the valley, said here.

On Singh`s remark that some protests were instigated,
Geelani said, "The Tangmarg incident has clearly shown as to
who is behind the acts of violence and arson".

Police has registered a case on the charges of attempt
to murder, arson and rioting against a ruling National
Conference worker in Tangmarg, who had allegedly incited the
mob which went on rampage on Monday.

"Our protest programmes are peaceful. We are the
sufferers of the violence and desire most for peace but it
should be honourable and dignified," he said.

Geelani said the peaceful struggle for achieving the
goals in Kashmir will continue as the Centre has failed to
respond to the conditions he had put forth for starting a
dialogue for resolution of the Kashmir issue.

In New Delhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said
the government was willing to talk to anybody or any group but
asserted that it could not happen till the end of violence,
some of which is "orchestrated by certain groups".

Addressing an all-party meeting on the volatile situation
in Jammu and Kashmir, Singh underlined that dialogue and
discussion is the "only path for lasting peace and prosperity"
in the state and those having grievances against the
government "have to talk to the administration".


First Published: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 - 14:35

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