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CM’s response to militants’ ceasefire during Ramadan hailed
Srinagar, September 13
While mainstream political parties have hailed the Chief Minister’s offer of a positive response to any ceasefire by militants during Ramadan, the separatist political and militant organisations have expressed reservations over the issue. PDP president Mehbooba Mufti has said that in case any of the two sides took a decision, it would be obligatory on the part of the other side to reciprocate in a positive manner.

Geelani re-elected Hurriyat chief, talks tough
Srinagar, September 13
Mr Syed Ali Shah Geelani was re-elected as the chairman of separatist All-Party Hurriyat Conference for a term of three years here today. Announcing this at the party headquarters located in Rajbagh, after a meeting of its decision-making body, Mr Geelani said he had reluctantly accepted the unanimous decision of all members.



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CM’s response to militants’ ceasefire during
Ramadan hailed

Tribune News Service

Srinagar, September 13
While mainstream political parties have hailed the Chief Minister’s offer of a positive response to any ceasefire by militants during Ramadan, the separatist political and militant organisations have expressed reservations over the issue.

PDP president Mehbooba Mufti has said that in case any of the two sides took a decision, it would be obligatory on the part of the other side to reciprocate in a positive manner. She said people of the state would feel relieved in case of the cessation of violence in this trouble-torn state, where people had suffered a lot during the past 16 years.

Referring to the ceasefire decision announced by the Hizbul Mujahideen in 2000, and the Ramadan ceasefire announced by the Vajpayee government, Ms Mufti said that it had been widely welcomed that led to a relaxed atmosphere in the State. She blamed the then State government for not properly handling the decisions, leading to the failures. The PDP president held that any decision on the ceasefire would help clear air of bitterness due to certain recent incidents like the Mumbai blasts. It would be a boost to the peace process, Ms Mufti said adding that any CBMs have the direct impact on the people of the state.

The opposition National Conference has also welcomed any such decision, according to Mr A.R. Rather, saying that it failed in 2000 as no permanent decision was taken that time in this regard. Mr Rather, however, added that the ceasefire would be a temporary phase, as the real issue was to resolve the Kashmir problem. Both sides would have to take effective steps for the resolution of the issue, the NC legislature party leader said.

Mr M.Y. Tarigami, MLA and state Secretary of the CPM has said that he had advocated the decision of ceasefire even in 2000, but lamented that no political initiatives were taken on either side. He stressed the need to involve militant organisations into a dialogue process along the ceasefire adding that cessation of violence and dialogue with militants would lead to an effective solution of the Kashmir problem.

Senior separatist leader and APHC chairman, Syed Ali Shah Geelani here said today that the Chief minister’s offer of a positive response to a ceasefire by militants, was not going to resolve the basic Kashmir issue. “This is only a tactic to divert the attention from the real issues”, Geelani said in reply to questions at a press conference here this afternoon.

He said there had been ceasefire a number of times during the past 58 years, but these did not help in resolving the Kashmir problem. He pointed out that the ongoing peace process between India and Pakistan was “an aimless process” that would not lead to any resolution of the Kashmir issue pending for the six decades.

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Geelani re-elected Hurriyat chief, talks tough
Tribune News Service

Srinagar, September 13
Mr Syed Ali Shah Geelani was re-elected as the chairman of separatist All-Party Hurriyat Conference for a term of three years here today.

Announcing this at the party headquarters located in Rajbagh, after a meeting of its decision-making body, Mr Geelani said he had reluctantly accepted the unanimous decision of all members.

He added that he had preferred to be relieved of the responsibilities on his age and health grounds.

Mr Geelani reiterated his stand on the right of self-determination to the people of Jammu and Kashmir for an amicable and everlasting solution to the Kashmir problem.

He resolved that there would be no “compromising attitude and no shift in stance” on the right of self-determination for resolving the Kashmir issue.

Mr Geelani added that even as dialogue process was going on, the Government of India had to take note of the ground realities for an end to the problem.

He claimed that the Centre indulged in delaying tactics and was not taking any concrete steps to resolve the Kashmir issue pending for the past 58 years.

The hardline APHC leader said there was no possible threat of an attack on India from any of the neighbouring countries, adding that even as it was nuclear it continued to get weapons from around the world.

“This is only to continue the forced occupation of Jammu and Kashmir,” he commented.

Commenting on the report issued by the International Human Rights Watch here yesterday, that blamed both the security forces and militants for human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir, Mr Geelani said it could not be fully accepted.

He said “unless these people reach all affected people and areas” in the state with about a million security forces personnel, the report could not be completed. He held that the separatist political parties had been condemning any kind of killings of civilians or injuries to them in any incidents.

“Militancy was a compulsion of the Kashmir youth” in support of the demand of the right of self determination, Mr Geelani said.

He added that there had been a long-pending demand of the visit of the human rights organisations like Human Rights Watch, Asia Watch and Amnesty International to the state that were not allowed during the past 17 years. 

 

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