“It was a fruitful meeting and we exchanged our ideas with regard to Kashmir with each other. I told him about the outcome of my recent visit to Pakistan where I addressed different conference in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad between March 4 to 23,” Shaw after coming out from the residence of Syed Ali Geelani.
Shaw said he was pained to listen from Geelani Sahab that political workers are being harassed inside jails. “I immediately brought the matter into the notice of police. I in fact told Geelani Sahab that he will raise the issue with the Ministry of Home Affairs. Everyone is equal before law and nobody should be harassed on the one or the other pretext,” Shaw said.
OP Shaw said that the main objective of his visit was to persuade Geelani to start a dialogue with Government of India. “I told Geelani Sahab that solution to every problem lies in dialogue to which he responded that nothing positive ever came up after they entered into talks with New Delhi.”
Shaw said that it was a lengthy meeting that lasted for about 2 hours. “I am leaving for New Delhi and will visit Kashmir again to hold meetings with Hurriyat leaders,” he said.
Responding to a question, OP Shaw said that he requested Geelani to start a dialogue as gun is not a solution to this long pending issue.