APHC Chairman rejects India’s talks offer

APHC Chairman rejects India’s talks offer

ISLAMABAD:In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Gilani, has rejected India’s fresh offer of talks saying that it is nothing more than a tactic to buy time by New Delhi. 

In a statement, the APHC spokesman, Ghulam Ahmed Gulzar said that the offer was made to Syed Ali Gilani by an official of Indian Intelligence Bureau. However, he said, the APHC Chairman declined the same, saying that until India acknowledges the disputed status of Jammu and Kashmir and starts withdrawal of its troops from the occupied territory, the holding any talks carries no meaning.

Syed Ali Gilani told the IB official that the Kashmiri people had never accepted the forced control of India and they should be allowed to express their aspirations about their political future. He said that it was the responsibility of the Indian leadership to create an atmosphere conducive for talks amongst all stakeholders of the Kashmir dispute including Pakistan to settle it.

Meanwhile, body of one more youth was recovered, today, from the debris of the four houses destroyed by Indian troops in Balhama Khonmoh area of Srinagar, raising the death toll to three.

On the other hand, complete shutdown continued in Tral and Awantipora, the native areas of Rasiq Nabi Butt and Shabbir Ahmed in Pulwama district on the second consecutive day, today, to mourn their killing. APP/AFP