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Pak ignoring Kashmir: Geelani

Source: PTI
April 17, 2005 20:33 IST
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Separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Sunday expressed displeasure over Pakistan's steps to strengthen relations with India 'ignoring the Kashmir issue'.

In the 90-minute meeting with Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf in New Delhi, Geelani, who was leading a five-member delegation of his Tehrek-e-Hurriyat, said the recent action of Pakistan of providing concessions to India in the name of confidence-building measures was creating a sense of anxiety among the people.

Geelani, who rejected a proposal for unity amongst the separatist leaders in Jammu and Kashmir, asked Musharraf to differentiate between 'pro-movement and anti-movement' people and not to bank upon those who were out to 'sell themselves' for petty political gains.

This was interpreted as a veiled reference to the All-Parties Hurriyat Conference, led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.

Nayeem Khan, Aga Hassan Budgami, Saidullah Tantray and Sheikh Ali Mohammad were the other members of the Tehrek-e-Hurriyat delegation.

Khan said the meeting was 'very productive and encouraging".

Pakistan Foreign Minister Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri and Information Minister Sheikh Rashid were also present during the meeting.


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