Boycott of interlocutors vindicated by report: Geelani
Rubbishing the interlocutors' report on Kashmir, hardline Hurriyat Conference leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani today said their boycott by separatists has been vindicated as the document is like a "dead mouse" found after digging a mountain.chandigarh Updated: May 25, 2012 20:35 IST
Rubbishing the interlocutors' report on Kashmir, hardline Hurriyat Conference leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani said on Friday that their boycott by separatists has been vindicated as the document is like a "dead mouse" found after digging a mountain.
"It is like they dug a mountain and found a mouse, and that too a dead mouse," Geelani said while commenting about the interlocutors' report made public on Thursday.
The interlocutors had in their report ruled out a return to the pre-1953 position and recommended setting up of a constitutional committee to review all Acts and Articles of the Constitution of India extended to Jammu and Kashmir while favouring upholding of Article 370.
Both factions of the separatist Hurriyat Conference had boycotted the interlocutors during their deliberations in Kashmir.
"We knew they would do nothing in reference to Kashmir issue, that is why we boycotted them from the beginning and their report has proved our boycott right. Our stand has been vindicated," Geelani said.
He said the interlocutors appointed by the Centre were meant to be a "diversion" to silence the growing calls from international community to solve the Kashmir issue.
The Hurriyat chairman said the interlocutors' report mentioning that "clock cannot be turned back" made "no sense".
First Published: May 25, 2012 20:27 IST