Interlocutors: Geelani says futile; Mirwaiz to discuss

The hardline Hurriyat Conference Wednesday rejected as a "futile exercise" the Centre`s appointment of interlocutors for a dialogue process in Jammu and Kashmir.

Updated: Oct 13, 2010, 15:45 PM IST

Srinagar: The hardline Hurriyat Conference
Wednesday rejected as a "futile exercise" the Centre`s appointment
of interlocutors for a dialogue process in Jammu and Kashmir
while the moderate faction said they will discuss the matter
before making a statement on it.

"This is a futile exercise. The Government of India is
acting like the deaf and dumb," Geelani said reacting to the
appointment of journalist Dilip Padgaonkar, Prof Radha Kumar
and Information Commissioner MM Ansari as the Centre`s
interlocutors to hold talks with all shades of opinion,
including separatists, in the state.

Geelani said no dialogue can be held for resolution of
Kashmir issue unless the Centre acts on the five-point
proposal mooted by him in August this year for normalisation
of situation in the Valley.

"We have given the five-point formula. Instead of
reacting to it, they are beating around the bush," he said.

The Hurriyat hawk had demanded in August that the Centre
accept Jammu and Kashmir as a dispute. He also sought release
of all political prisoners including those arrested for
stone-pelting, withdrawal of armed forces from the state,
putting an end to "human rights violations" and arresting the
security personnel responsible for the civilian killings
during the recent unrest in the Valley.

Moderate Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umer Farooq said that his faction of the amalgam will study the development and
hold discussions with the members of the executive committee
before making a statement on it.

JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik refused to comment on
the development.

PTI