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Hardliner Geelani rejects 8-point Kashmir initiative

india Updated: Sep 25, 2010 20:58 IST
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The Hardline Hurriyat Conference today rejected Centre's eight-point formula to de-escalate the current turmoil in Kashmir terming it as an "eye wash" even as other separatist outfits maintained a studied silence.

Chairman of the hardline faction Syed Ali Shah Geelani said the package of measures did not met the demands raised by him for starting a dialogue process for resolving the Kashmir issue.

Describing the steps as a mere "eye wash", the Hurriyat hawk reiterated his demand for withdrawal of troops from the state and release of political prisoners.

On the other hand, the moderate Hurriyat, headed by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, and JKLF chief Mohammad Yaseen Malik maintained a studied silence over the steps unveiled by the Centre.

Malik said he would convene a meeting of the Working Committee and the Executive Council of his outfit to discuss the new development.

"We will comment only after the measures announced (by the Union government) are discussed threadbare by the Working Committee and the General Council," the separatist leader told PTI.

Sources in the moderate Hurriyat Conference, headed by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, said consultations were on among amalgam leaders for framing a response to Union Home Minister's latest move.

The Centre today unveiled an eight-point formula, approved by the Cabinet Committee on Security, to deal with the current unrest in the Valley.