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Accept conditions to join talks : Geelani

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Baramulla, Mar 31 (UNI) Chairman of the breakaway Hurriyat Conference (HC) Syed Ali Shah Geelani today expressed his willingness to accept the invitation for talks from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, provided his conditions are accepted.

''I was approached by a woman advocate of the Supreme Court with the invitation from Dr Singh,'' Mr Geelani said, while addressing a Friday congregation at Masjid Baitul Muqaram here.

''The HC was ready to hold talks with the Prime Minister provided they (Centre) accepts his conditions which included stopping of all Human Rights (HR) violations, recall all security forces, withdrawal of all special powers to security forces, accept Jammu and Kashmir as a dispute and implement the United Nations resolutions passed since 1947 on Kashmir issue,'' Mr Geelani said.

About Pakistan, he said said the rulers of that country had diluted their known stand on Kashmir.

''We know the Pakistan government was not with us, but the people of entire Pakistan are behind us,'' he noted.

''During the Haj pilgrimage, about five deputations from Pakistan met him in Saudia Arabia and wanted me to change my stand on Kashmir issue,'' Mr Geelani said.

''I told them in clear terms that I will not dilute my stand on Kashmir issue at any cost and nobody will be allowed to make any compromise with the sacrifices made by more than one lakh people,'' he said.

Coming down heavily on the Kashmir policy of the government, he said Mohammad Yousuf Parray alias Kuka Parray was made hero after he killed more than 500 people affiliated with the Jamait-e-Islami.

Parray was made member of the Assembly for killing innocent people, he added.

Me Geelani also criticised the killing of Kashmiri youth in Gujarat and Dodipora.

UNI XC/BAS MA KP1910

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