Syed Ali Shah Geelani, leader of the hardline faction of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference, has set five conditions for talks on the Kashmir issue between the central government and Kashmiri separatists.
The Hurriyat leader said at a press meet at his residence on Tuesday that the ongoing street protests would be reviewed if his conditions are met.
Geelani's conditions are:
India must accept J&K as an international dispute.
India must announce and begin the process of complete demilitarisation, which will be monitored by some credible agency like the United Nations. All oppressive laws such as the Armed Forces Special Powers Act must be revoked.
The Prime Minister must commit publicly and ensure practically that no killing and arrest takes place. India should also discipline its troops and order them to stop humiliating people and destroying public and private property.
India should immediately and unconditionally release Kashmiri youths and political prisoners and withdraw cases pending in courts for 20 years.
The process of punishing perpetrators of state violence has to begin with the conviction of troops responsible for the recent killing of 65 people. This has to be followed by convicting all those responsible for war crimes in Jammu and Kashmir.
Geelani said, "The Indian leadership comes out with soft talk (about a dialogue) only when the streets of Kashmir are filled with the blood of innocents.
"They talk of political engagement when their soldiers have literally gone berserk in Jammu and Kashmir, killing, arresting, torturing, injuring, humiliating and destroying us," he said.
The separatist leader, who is under house arrest, said that if the Indian government and the international community are serious about resolving the Kashmir "dispute”, they must ensure that "Indian oppression" is ended.
SPO shot dead in Kishtwar
Jammu: A SPO Masood Ahmad (31) was shot dead by terrorists in Dacchan area of Kishtwar district on Monday night. Ahmad was a surrendered terrorists and was hired as SPO in 2002. According to the police, Ahmad was called in to carry out operation against terrorists, which had lately gained strength in the area. Police said about three terrorists came to his home and fired at him.
Malik's kin still critical
Sringar: One of Malik's nephews, Yasir Ahmad Sheikh, is still in critical condition in a Srinagar hospital.
"Yasir is still battling for the life. He has multiple injuries in the body due to pellets fired from close range. Only improvement is that his blood pressure stabilised a bit in the morning," said Malik, who called the attack a conspiracy by the state to push the new generation into picking up guns.