Geelani Faction Not To Attend Round-table
22 April 2007
Srinagar: The hardline faction of the Hurriyat Conference today turned down the invitation for next week's round-table conference on Kashmir saying the exercise was not aimed at resolving the Kashmir issue. 'We will not take part in the conference that is not meant to resolve the Kashmir issue,' Syed Ali Shah Geelani, chairman of the hardline faction, told a public meeting here. The Hurriyat hawk termed the round-table conference to be held on April 24 in Delhi as a wastage of time. 'Nothing short of independence is acceptable to the people of Jammu and Kashmir,' said Geelani who returned here after nearly three months of treatment in Mumbai. 'Self-rule, internal autonomy, easing of borders and maintaining the status quo is not acceptable to us,' he said. 'I received an invitation for the conference on April 18 and was also invited for a dinner on April 23. Conferences and talks were held on Kashmir for 136 times in the past but no result was achieved,' Geelani said. 'We will take part in the talks which are meant for resolution of the issue,' the firebrand leader said. On ongoing Indo-Pak dialogue, he said the two nations were engaged in talks since 2004 but no breakthrough had been achieved on Kashmir. 'Any solution arrived at between India and Pakistan on Kashmir will not be acceptable to us if it is not according to wishes and aspirations of the people,' Geelani said.