Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference leader Syed Ali Geelani on Sunday rejected Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s offer of talks, saying that the Hurriyat would talk only when India accepts Kashmir as a dispute.
Addressing a day-long “Nazool-e-Quran” conference at his Hyderpora residence-cum-office, Geelani said that in the past the Hurriyat has put forth five conditions for entering into dialogue, none of which has been accepted.
“Until and unless the Government of India accepts Kashmir as disputed territory, talks with them makes no sense,” Geelani said.
Rajnath Singh had said on Saturday that the Government of India was ready to hold talks with the Hurriyat, if the Hurriyat was ready to do so.
“If Hurriyat is ready to come to the table for talks, we are ready for it. However, so far, there is no indication from them to this effect,” Rajnath Singh said. “I have already said that we are ready for dialogue with all stakeholders in Kashmir. If Hurriyat comes forward for talks, we don’t mind talking to them. Whoever wants to talk with us, we are ready for talks.”
He also said that New Delhi was ready to hold talks even with Pakistan if it comes forward to do so. “To not welcome anyone who wants to talk is not the right thing,” he said at an event organised by a TV news channel.