Geelani rejects Indian govt offer

The pro-independence leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani dismissed on Sunday an offer from the India government for fresh talks and a security review in the state.

The proposals were put forward by Home Minister P. Chidambaram after he led an all-party mission last week to the Muslim-majority region, which has been shaken by pro-independence protests and strict curfews since June.

“It is a time-gaining exercise and unrealistic. It is aimed to hoodwink the international community,” Shah Geelani told reporters in occupied Srinagar.

“If rulers in New Delhi believe that by releasing a few students and providing ex gratia relief to the families of martyrs they can reduce the alienation (of Kashmiris), they are wrongly mistaken,” he said.