Talks on Kashmir Bound to Fail Till Gravity of Issue is Agreed: Syed Geelani

, 3:02 PM IST

Srinagar: Three days after rebuffing outreach attempt by a group of MPs, hardline Hurriyat Conference Chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Wednesday said talks with New Delhi are bound to fail till the “gravity and intensity” of the Kashmir issue is agreed upon.

“We have a clear and simple stand that unless the gravity and intensity of the Kashmir issue is not agreed upon, any negotiations or talks are bound to fail,” Geelani said addressing gatherings at Dargah and Noorbagh here by telephone from his residence where he is under house arrest.

He said his 50 years of political experience and 150 rounds of talks between India and Pakistan stand testimony to it.

“People have met, had photo shoot, then a cup of tea for so many decades but our bloodshed did not stop,” Geelani said.

His comments came three days after he literally shut the door of his residence to four MPs who wanted to meet him and have talks on how to end the ongoing unrest in Kashmir.