Hurriyat Conference (G), on Tuesday said that a high level delegation headed by former External Affairs Minister Yashwant Sinha dropped at the residence cum office of its chairman Syed Ali Geelani today at about 11:30 am.Delegation included Rtd. Air Vice Marchal Kapil Kak, Wajahat Habibullah, Senior Journalist Bharat Booshan and Executive Director of the Centre for Dialogue and Reconciliation Shashooba Barway.In a statement issued to KNS, Hurriyat (G) said that conversation took place in a cordial atmosphere, wherein Syed Ali Geelani reminded them the historical perspective of the Kashmir issue, pending for its final resolution since 1947. Hurriyat (G) said that people have rendered huge sacrifices for settlement of this long standing dispute.
Referring to the present uprising, delegation was told that for the last 107 days 94 people have been killed with 15,000 people injured and an equal number, especially youth are arrested. About 100 people are arrested daily and draconian laws like PSA are slapped on them and they are shifted to jails outside valley. It was conveyed to the delegation, with all the updated data, that arrested people include old as well as juvenile. Commenting on the prevailing situation it was said that onus of peace in the region particularly in Jammu and Kashmir lies with those holding power, military might and other resources. It was further said that along with people resistance activists and leaders have been put behind bars and Syed Ali Geelani himself is under house arrest for last 6 years. All the people and leaders should be released and the cases against them should be withdrawn so that after consultation a common and collective point of view can be put forward. (KNS)