Hurriyat leaders held before talks

HELD SRINAGAR: The All Party delegation of Indian Parliament met Hurriyat leaders in occupied Kashmir on Monday. First, the Hurriyat leaders had refused to meet the Indian delegation. Later, however, members of the delegation met Hurriyat leaders Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik

The Indian delegation met Mirwaiz Umar Farooq at his residence, where he was under house arrest. Mirwaiz had tied black band around his arm as a protest. Mirwaiz was invited for black band around his arm as a protest. Mirwaiz was invited for talks at Sunday night. However, he was put under house arrest at Monday morning. While talking to media at outside his house under strict police security, he termed the meeting of Indian Parliamentary delegation as a joke. He said that on the one hand he received invitation for talks and on the other hand it was the order of the police not to go out from the house.

The Hurriyat leaders want the demilitarisation of the held Kashmir Valley, where India has more than half a million men under arms; they want emergency laws to be repealed; and they want what they call political prisoners to be released and hold talks with Kashmiri leaders and Pakistan for the solution of Kashmir issue.

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