We were not invited for talks officially: Geelani rebuts Rajnath Singh

We were not invited for talks officially: Geelani rebuts Rajnath Singh
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Says GoI now admits that pro-freedom leadership main stakeholders in Kashmir

Srinagar: Reacting to the remarks of Rajnath Singh in the parliament, Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani on Friday said Government of India never officially invited us, “but at the same time blame us of rejecting it”.
Home Minister of India Rajnath Singh on Thursday said that the Government of India was ready to hold talks with the Hurriyat Leadership however, they shut their doors when the All Party Delegation went to meet them.
“It is not only shameful but speaks volumes about their truthfulness, sincerity and clarity. They tried to play a game of win only for them as they just wanted to discredit us as whether we accept their offer of dialogue which never came or we ignore their casual personal gestures,” Geelani said in a statement.
Hurriyat chairman further said: “India is scared of any meaningful dialogue with Hurriyat and Pakistan, as they have occupied this land forcefully by their military might using repeated lies and unabated violence.”
The sole intention of the delegation was to act as fire-fighting “just to derail and fizzle out the momentum through these age-old tactics, as they have been doing whenever Kashmiri’s stood up for their basic rights,” the statement said.
The pro-freedom leader added that in a similar situation of 2010 people’s uprising, “we have warmly welcomed every delegation and had thread bear discussion, but they never responded back”.
The statement further reads: “Indian rulers are very well aware of the fact that people’s aspiration, emotions and sentiments are represented by pro-freedom leadership. This acceptance of the ground realities should have culminated in practicality when Indian leaders talk about dialogue to resolve the long pending dispute.”
Indian leadership has now openly admitted that “pro-freedom leaders are the real representatives and main stakeholders of Kashmir and the issue cannot be resolved without them”, Geelani said.
We are fighting for a just cause, Hurriyat chairman said, and “no oppressive measure can deter us from pursuing our path and our nation has proved it beyond doubt for last 71 years.”