Hurriyat (G) Opposes Hurriyat (M) Suggestion, Wants Talks In Third Country

KL Report

SRINAGAR

Hurriyat Conference headed by Syed Ali Geelani on Friday opposed suggestion of holding Indo-Pak talks in Jammu and Kashmir on the vexed Kashmir-issue as proposed by Moderate faction chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.

“New Delhi will try to exploit such an event to justify its presence in the state,” a spokesman of the Geelani led Hurriyat said in a statement here.

Chairman of moderate Hurriyat faction Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, at a function on Thursday, had suggested holding Indo-Pak talks in Srinagar and Muzaffarabad (capital city of Pakistan administered Kashmir) for resolving the Kashmir issue.

“Holding such a summit in Srinagar or Muzaffarabad can affect the issue and the disputed nature of Jammu and Kashmir,” the statement added.

The spokesman said, while the amalgam has taken stand of not confronting the separatist leaders or groups, interest of “freedom struggle take precedence over other issues.”

“It will be beneficial for our cause if such talks are held in a third country,” he added.

Meanwhile, Geelani was not allowed to offer Friday prayers today as well. He is going through continuous house arrest from March 7, this year when he returned from Delhi after more than couple of months.

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