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No Solution In Haste On Kashmir Acceptable, Geelani Tells Hina

New Delhi, July 27: Hardline Kashmir separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani plainly told Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar on Tuesday night that no solution in haste nor any compromise on Kashmir will be acceptable,
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PTI July 27, 2011 18:12 IST

New Delhi, July 27: Hardline Kashmir separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani plainly told Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar on Tuesday night that no solution in haste nor any compromise on Kashmir will be acceptable, reports Iftikhar Geelani for Tehelka magazine.

The meeting took place in Pakistan High Commission, where both the Hurriyat Conference delegations, one led by Syed Ali Geelani and the other led by Mirwaiz Omar Farooq met the Pakistan minister separately.

On her part, Hina Rabbani Khar assured Geelani that Pakistan would not accept former ruler Pervez Musharraf's formula for solving the Kashmir problem.

Khar also assured Geelani that Pakistan will not override sentiments and aspirations of people of Jammu and Kashmir.

“We have a well-established position and a principled stand on the right of self-determination for the Kashmiris,” she said.

Khar clearly told the Kashmiri delegation that her country had no interest to return to former president Pervez Musharraf's four-point formula or any other recipe that would be undesirable for the Kashmiri separatist leadership.

Geelani told Pakistani minister that though he was not against dialogue, but history has shown, India has used the instrument of dialogue only to “hoodwink” world opinion.

He said, though he accepted Pakistan's support to Kashmir cause, the hardline leader advised Pakistani minister not to take any hasty step.

“Any solution in haste and a compromise will not be acceptable to us,” he said, referring that Kashmir was not a border dispute between India and Pakistan, but involved people. He called for inclusion of genuine Kashmiri leadership to make dialogue “purposeful” and “meaningful”.

Geelani asked Pakistan to attend its domestic problems in Baluchistan, Karachi and the issue of Taliban, who are frequently attacking its cities and people.

Geelani said Pakistan's internal situation was a source of concern for him as well as Kashmiris back home.

The meeting with Geelani which lasted for one-and-half hour focused on the aging leaders' apprehensions that Pakistan was deviating from its traditional stand of ‘right to self-determination” and was exploring an alternative settlement and short-cuts.

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, chairman of moderate faction of Hurriyat Conference said dialogue and bullets cannot go hand-in-hand.

He said onus for progress on the issue of Jammu and Kashmir squarely lies with New Delhi, as it has to show some accommodation in Kashmir.

Talking to reporters, after his group met Khar, he said Kashmir was not a bilateral issue, but concerned people of Kashmir. He also called for inclusion of voice and aspirations of people in the discourse.

Reminding that his faction was never against talks as they had held meetings with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and earlier LK Advani, when he was deputy Prime Minister, Mirwaiz said “we backed out when we saw nothing was moving ahead.”

 

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