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Pak ignoring Kashmir: Geelani

April 17, 2005 20:33 IST

Separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Sunday expressed displeasure over Pakistan's steps to strengthen relations with India 'ignoring the Kashmir issue'.

In the 90-minute meeting with Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf in New Delhi, Geelani, who was leading a five-member delegation of his Tehrek-e-Hurriyat, said the recent action of Pakistan of providing concessions to India in the name of confidence-building measures was creating a sense of anxiety among the people.

Geelani, who rejected a proposal for unity amongst the separatist leaders in Jammu and Kashmir, asked Musharraf to differentiate between 'pro-movement and anti-movement' people and not to bank upon those who were out to 'sell themselves' for petty political gains.

This was interpreted as a veiled reference to the All-Parties Hurriyat Conference, led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.

Nayeem Khan, Aga Hassan Budgami, Saidullah Tantray and Sheikh Ali Mohammad were the other members of the Tehrek-e-Hurriyat delegation.

Khan said the meeting was 'very productive and encouraging".

Pakistan Foreign Minister Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri and Information Minister Sheikh Rashid were also present during the meeting.


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Sub: Geelani on Pak ignoring Kashmir

The report suggests that Geelani is the leader of separatist group. Why should not Government of India ban his organisation as separatist movement is secessionist ...

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Sub: This is sheer politics to issue such statements in media!

This seems pre-decided b/w Hurriat leader and Pak Prez to issue such statements by Hurriat leader in media. It is their another play like before! ...

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