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Geelani hints at continuing protests till Obama`s visit

Last Updated: Sunday, October 10, 2010 - 19:55

Srinagar: Hinting at continuing protests in
Kashmir till the visit of Barack Obama to India in November,
Hurriyat hardliner Syed Ali Shah Geelani Sunday accused the
Centre of trying to suppress the "movement" in the Valley
ahead of the US President`s arrival.

"New Delhi is trying its best to suppress the people`s
movement in Kashmir before the visit of US President to
hoodwink the international community about the situation in
the Valley," chairman of the hardline faction of Hurriyat
Conference said in a statement here.

He urged the people to remain steadfast at this "crucial

"We have to defeat the designs of New Delhi and tell
the international community that Kashmir is burning," Geelani
said indicating that the agitation, which is being spearheaded
by his amalgam, would continue.

US President Barack Obama is scheduled to visit the
country in the second week of November.

Criticising the mainstream political parties, Geelani
alleged they were working against the "people`s movement" and
their policies were against the people`s aspirations.

"If these people (mainstream politicians) had any concern
for the collective interests of the people, they would have
resigned from the Assembly," he said.

Geelani also criticised Chief Minister Omar Abdullah,
saying, "On the one hand he claims that those who were killed
over the past four months were the pieces of his heart, but on
the other he openly plays politics with their sacrifices by
sticking to power."

He alleged that the ruling party has launched a "negative
campaign" through its "paid agents" to defame the ongoing


First Published: Sunday, October 10, 2010 - 19:55
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