Kashmir separatist leader Geelani rules out talks with Delhi

He was reacting to statement of Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, who had ruled out talks with separatists and said problem in Kashmir was confined to five districts only.

Published: 31st May 2017 08:10 PM  |   Last Updated: 31st May 2017 08:13 PM   |  A+A-

Syed Ali Geelani. | PTI File Photo

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SRINAGAR: Hardline separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani on Wednesday ruled out talks Government of India (GoI) unless it accepts Jammu and Kashmir as a disputed territory.

“There will be no talks with India till it accepts Jammu and Kashmir as a disputed territory. We’ll never beg for talks,” said Geelani, who is under house arrest at his Hyderpora residence.

He was reacting to statement of Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, who had ruled out talks with separatists and said problem in Kashmir was confined to five districts only.

Geelani said authorities in Delhi are irrational, following “fanatical dogma”, lack political understanding and are not in position to resolve the Kashmir issue.

The Kashmir issue, he said, has remained unresolved since past seven decades.

“Kashmir is a human issue and people are pursuing their right to self-determination,” the hardline separatist leader said, who wants state’s merger with Pakistan.

Taking a dig at authorities in Delhi for their “unrealistic” and “arrogant attitude”, Geelani said, “New Delhi and State government have waged a war against the people of state. They are looking the issue through the prism of their fanatical ideology and as a conflict between Hindu and Muslim communities”.

He said New Delhi derives joy while “butchering” Muslim communities and under well thought out plan and under the garb of law and order situations feel free to carry genocide in J&K.

“We will never talk with those pursuing their fanatical ideology and we will never surrender,” said Geelani.

He alleged that sole aim of BJP-led dispensation in Delhi is to turn India into ‘Hindu Rashtra’ and as such carried “state sponsored and planned massacres” in Assam, Gujrat and Muzafar Nagar.

Geelani said Kashmiris are passing through a crucial period and their lives, dignity, properties, faith, uniqueness and everything is at stake.

“We have reached a do or die position,” he said adding, “We will never budge in front of such dogmatic elements.”

Commenting over role played by mainstream parties in state, Geelani said, “There is no justification for them to remain in power corridors. Their lust and greed for power has brought great shame for them”.

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