November 2004 News

Aziz Has Advised No Talks, Says Geelani

25 November 2004
The Statesman

Jammu: The Pakistani Prime Minister has told Kashmiri separatists 'not to hold talks with New Delhi till India gives up its rigid stance on Kashmir', hardliner Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani said today. Addressing reporters in Srinagar after his arrival from New Delhi, the Tehreek-e-Hurriyat chairman said Mr Shaukat Aziz had assured him that Pakistan would not go 'against the wishes of Kashmiris' and the LoC would not be accepted as International Border. Also today, J&K chief minister Mufti Md Sayeed hailed the 'commitment for peace' by India and Pakistan and said the re-opening of the Uri-Muzaffarabad road was good news for people of the state. He said: 'The Prime Ministers have pledged to take ahead the peace process come what may. This is indeed good news. They have also pledged to re-open the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad road which is a step in the right direction. The reopening of this historic road is a humanitarian issue as thousands of families remain divided on either side of the LoC.


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