May 2000 News

Hurriyat leaders deny they were freed after accord with Centre

21 May 2000
Times of India

Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference leaders have denied reports that they were released after reaching an agreement for talks with the Centre, reports PTI. ''Neither secret talks were held with the Centre while we were in jails nor secret talks are going on between the two sides,'' They told a seminar organised in connection with the 10th death anniversary of late Mirwaiz Moulvi Farooq here yesterday. Former Hurriyat Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said it was the ''international pressure'' That compelled India for dialogue with the Hurriyat Conference. Senior Hurriyat leader Abdul Gani Lone said ''no secret talks are going on between Hurriyat and the Centre''. Chief spokesman of the Hurriyat Conference Abdul Gani Bhat refuted reports that Hurriyat leaders were released under some agreement for talks with the Centre. Hurriyat Conference Chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani alleged that the Centre was trying to create differences among the Hurriyat leadership by making ''controversial'' statements.


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