December 2003 News

Geelani sabotaging talks: Ansari

4 December 2003
The Daily Excelsior
Daily Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR: The Hurriyat Conference headed by Moulana Mohammad Abbass Ansari today charged the Syed Ali Shah Geelani-led rival faction with trying to sabotage the proposed dialogue between the separatist amalgam and the Centre. 'It is unfortunate that a parrallel self-centrered organisation which is constitutionally illegal tries to create hurdles in the peaceful ways of finding a negotiated settlement of Kashmir issue,' Ansari-led Hurriyat Conference said in a statement today. The statement, first of its kind since the split in the 27- party Hurriyat Conference three months ago, highlighted the bitter rivalry between the two groups which are claiming to be the real representatives of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. Challenging the strike call given by Geelaniís faction on December 6 against Governmentís decision disallowing the proposed public meeting, the statement said Hurriyat was not planning any public meeting on Saturday. It said Hurriyat will use all its capabilities in finding a peaceful solution to Kashmir issue so that the peo- ple of India, Pakistan and Kashmir can live in peace and work for development. We have yet to receive the formal invitation from the centre for dialogue on Kashmir issue, the statement said. 'We have also made it clear that a high-level Hurriyat delegation has left for Delhi for holding meetings with the diplomats of America, European Union, Pakistan and all other countries with a sole intention to garner their support and inform them about the historic nature of the Kashmir issue,' the statement said. The purpose of sending the delegation to Delhi is to remove all hurdles on the way of resolution of the Kashmir issue in the wake of changed world scenario, it added. (PTI)


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