Indo-Pak Talks Futile Exercise: Geelani

2 December 2015
Rising Kashmir

Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani Wednesday termed India-Pakistan talks as 'futile exercise' and revealed that Pakistan's former military ruler General Parvez Musharraf had promised to withdraw troops from Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK) if India grants right to self determination (RSD) to J&K people to determine their fate. He also condemned invoking of another Public Safety Act (PSA) against Masarat Alam and alleged that since Mufti Sayeed took over as CM of the State in March this year, 72 people have been booked under the infamous law and claimed that 14000 youth and political activists were detained in the Valley since 2009. 'India-Pakistan bilateral dialogue is a futile exercise,' Geelani said while addressing a press conference at his Hyderpora residence, here. He said 150 rounds of dialogue have been held between India and Pakistan so far. 'However, these have yielded no results. India's unrealistic approach has always turned a stumbled block in the way of resolution. The problem between India and Pakistan is Kashmir issue and dialogue process should be started to resolve this issue keeping historical facts into consideration'. The senior separatist leader said he would oppose tooth and nail division of any part of Jammu and Kashmir - Jammu, Kashmir, Ladakh Gilgit Baltistan and Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK). 'All these are five parts of J&K, which is a disputed territory. We will never support any division on the basis of region, culture and religion,' he said. The Hurriyat (G) chairman revealed that former Pakistan president and military ruler Gen (Retd) Parvez Musharraf had promised him to withdraw his troops from the PaK if India grants right to self determination to people of Jammu and Kashmir. He said authorities again invoked infamous PSA against Muslim League chairman Masrat Alam Bhat to 'rot' him in the jail. 'The government has invoked 31st PSA against Masarat since 1990,' Geelani said. He said Masarat has neither killed anyone nor damaged any body's property. 'He has not committed any crime. His only crime is that he believes that J&K is a disputed territory and fights for it solution as per UN resolutions'. Geelani, who is under presently house arrest, said Masarat was arrested in 2010 and lodged in different jails during his five years imprisonment. 'Bhat was re-arrested on April 17 this year only after a month of his release and lodged in Kot Balwal jail, where he is being harassed by not only jail authorities but also by the inmates,' he said adding despite court orders, government has not shifted shift him to Central Jail, Srinagar. The Hurriyat (G) chairman alleged that police and CRPF men killed 125 people, mostly youth, in 2010 and they all are roaming free but Masarat is being rotten in jail without any justification. He asked government to release him immediately. Taking a dig at CM Muft Sayeed's 'Battle of Ideas' slogans, Geelani said since he (Mufti) took over as CM of the State, government has used brutal force to crush dissent. '72 separatist leaders and youth have been booked under PSA since March 1, when Mufti took over as CM of the state,' he said adding 14000 youth and political activists have been arrested in Valley from 2009 to 2015. Terming it as 'state terrorism' and 'revenge policy' adopted by the present dispensation, Geelani appealed international human rights group to take strong note of the ongoing aggression, suppression and lawlessness in the state. 'Human rights bodies must intervene to end this tyranny being meted out by the people here,' he said. Geelani said Mufti's slogans during election campaigning have proved to be 'hollow'. 'He is using gun, power, police and military to suppress the voice of people'. 'We are not being allowed to hold peaceful religious and social programs,' he said. Geelani condemned the recent IS attacks in France in which about 130 people were killed and termed activities of militant group (IS) as un-Islamic. 'I condemn all form of terrorism including state terrorism of America and India,' he added.