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PM's visit won't yield anything: Geelani

india Updated: May 22, 2010 21:34 IST
Peerzada Ashiq
Peerzada Ashiq
Hindustan Times
All Parties Hurriyat Conference

A day after moderate All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC), led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, showed willingness to accept Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's invitation for a dialogue, the hardliner APHC, headed by Sayeed Ali Shah Geelani, said "won't support any futile exercise with the Centre".

"Separatists in the past have engaged New Delhi on many time but failed to achieve anything till date. So we won’t be part of any futile dialogue process," said Geelani at a seminar held in Srinagar on Saturday.

He said the PM's upcoming visit won't change anything on the ground. "It will be another useless visit to Kashmir," said Geelani.

Speaking at the seminar, Geelani asked the people to foil any government attempt of "demographic change".

Geelani also accused the army of deforestation.

"The army is cutting trees in Kupwara forests in an organized manner. Irony is that the locals of Kupwara are not allowed to run band-saw mills in the district," Geealni alleged.

Gellani alleged non-native workers were hired by the army to make furniture in these mills for army officers.

"The furniture is later sent to the officers' home state," he alleged.