Separatists criticize Dr. Manmohan Singh’s remarks on Independence Day
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  • Kashmiri separatists on August 16 described PM Manmohan Singh’s Independence Day remarks that the recent elections in the state showed that the separatist ideology had no support base, as "unrealistic and ridiculous." A spokesman of the hard line faction of the Hurriyat Conference, headed by the detained leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani stated that Dr. Singh’s remarks were in line with the “traditional rigid Indian policy” towards the Kashmir problem. He also added that "Manmohanji has abused Kashmiris by labeling them as separatists and this approach is totally unrealistic."

    Jamait Ahlihadees chief Maulana Showkat Ahmad Shah stated that the Kashmiris “have demonstrated what they want when they hit the roads last year." He called for serious and sincere efforts on the part of the Union government to resolve the Kashmir issue.

    Abdul Gani Bhat, the acting chairman of the moderate faction of the Hurriyat stated that "the Prime Minister is probably under some democratic compulsions to make these observations as not many weeks ago, he has invited them (separatists) for talks1."