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Sunday, 31 July 2011

Indian army 'halting peace in Kashmir'

Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani has slammed the Indian government, saying that it is using armed forces to stop the peace process in the restive Himalayan region.

The chairman of the separatist faction of Hurriyat Conference said on Saturday that the large contingent of troops in the region was "blocking the path to peace".

He was speaking during a seminar called "Kashmir: Road to Peace" in the provincial summer capital Srinagar, the Reuters reported.

"India has blocked the road to peace. One million troops are sitting and blocking the path to peace. The road to peace has been blocked by the Indian government's police. The police [are] exhibiting a display of atrocity and force on the innocent people of the valley," said Geelani.

"The presence of armed forces is not an answer to the issue of Jammu and Kashmir. The presence of police is not an answer to the issue of Jammu and Kashmir," he said.

"Using gunpoint to generate silence is not the solution to the Jammu and Kashmir issue. Using the strength of the police to create graveyard like silence in the valley is not the solution," he added.

Geelani accused the Indian government of using its forces to suppress the people and issues of the disputed region.



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