Hurriyat Conference denies partition plan
10 May 2000
Times of India
Srinagar: The Hurriyat Conference on Wednesday denied having suggested the division of the state as a way out of the Kashmir problem. Reacting to Press reports,Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani vehemently denied having made any statement regarding the state''s partition.A Press release on Wednesday made it clear that the organisation was not in favour of Kashmir''s division but believed in the ''right to self-determination''. Statements attributed to Hurriyat suggesting the state''s division ''are the mischief of vested interests which we outrightly reject,'' the release said. Indeed, the Hurriyat said Geelani had so far not convened any Press conference after his release from jail, as has been claimed by some newspapers. Meanwhile,J&K People''s Democratic Party president and former Union home minister Mufti Mohammad Sayed on Wednesday claimed the recent move for talks with the Hurriyat was a serious effort and not a gimmick.The PDP chief said even the Hurriyat leaders were responding positively to the move for talks and there was no objection from Pakistan.Informal channels for talks had already brrn opened, he claimed. HE said there was a perceptible change in the Centre''s policy and the move for talks was an extension of the Lahore bus trip by Prime Minister Vajpayee. But he said the pro-active policy of home minister Advani would not work in Kashmir and claimed that the bullet-for-bullet policy had proved counter-productive.