Srinagar: An official from the Intelligence Bureau (IB) came to the residence of Syed Ali Geelani on Thursday night with an offer of talks, according to the Hurriyat Conference (G) spokesman. Geelani rejected the offer, the spokesman said.
“Last night (Thursday) at 9pm, a man from Intelligence Bureau (IB) knocked at the door of Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Geelani at his residence,” Hurriyat (G) chief spokesman GA Gulzar told Kashmir Reader. “He (the IB man) told the people there he wanted to talk to Geelani sahib. When he met the chairman (Geelani), he said that the Hurriyat should open dialogue with New Delhi.”
In response, the spokesman said, Geelani made it clear that the Kashmir issue has turned into a flash point and unless India accepts that Kashmir is a dispute, no progress is expected and the horrors of war will continue to haunt people living in the subcontinent.
Gulzar said that Geelani told the IB official that current conditions were also not conducive for any sort of talks.
“The chairman told him that people of J&K are peace-loving, and Indian leaders can play a key role (in resolving the issue) by respecting their aspirations, instead of adopting coercive measures,” Gulzar said.
“They (Indian government) should shun fanatical politics because the need of the hour is to acknowledge the ground realities of the long-pending Jammu and Kashmir dispute. Kashmiri people have never accepted or acknowledged the forced occupation of India and they are at war with this country (India) for the past seven decades,” the spokesman quoted Geelani as having said to the IB official.
The spokesman said that the IB oficial wanted the Hurriyat to engage with New Delhi without the inclusion of Pakistan.
“The Kashmir issue cannot be addressed bilaterally. Pakistan has to come on board,” Geelani told the official.
“It is not the first time an IB man has approached with an offer of dialogue,” Gulzar said. “Earlier also they have done so, but we have rejected them.”
When asked if the Modi government’s special representative to Kashmir, Dineshwar Sharma, has approached the Hurriyat for talks, Gulzar said, “He never approached, neither informally nor formally.”
He said hundreds of activists of the Geelani-led Hurriyat were in jails and two dozen leaders had been put behind bars.
A statement issued by the Hurriyat (G) said that Geelani told the IB official that “since past seven decades, hundreds and thousands of people were mercilessly killed by Indian forces and lakhs of people were forced to migrate while as hundreds are languishing in detention centres and in jails.”
The volatile situation in Jammu and Kashmir was a natural reaction against India’s “stubborn attitude”, Geelani said, adding that Delhi was desperately trying to impose its verdict on the state through military might.
“I, with sincere heart, want to convey that we are yearning for peace and seek peaceful resolution to the long- pending (Kashmir) issue. We are not against the dialogue process, but we favour only meaningful and result-oriented negotiations. We have a clear agenda and our viewpoint is unambiguous, that the issue can be resolved only through dialogue,” Geelani said, but also added that more than 150 rounds of bilateral negotiations had yielded no results because India never showed sincerity.
“For any Kashmiri to be part of this futile exercise will only undermine our internationally acknowledged legitimate and just struggle,” Geelani said.