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Kashmiri Separatist Leader Rejects Indian Plan to End Unrest


Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, second left, talks to a delegation of Indian lawmakers who called on him in Srinagar, India, 20 Sep 2010

Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, second left, talks to a delegation of Indian lawmakers who called on him in Srinagar, India, 20 Sep 2010

A top Kashmiri separatist leader has rejected an Indian government plan to end months of deadly civil unrest in Indian-controlled Kashmir.

Syed Ali Shah Geelani says the measures proposed Saturday are unrealistic. He called them a ploy to gain time and deceive the international community.

Geelani also said Sunday New Delhi is "mistaken" if it thinks it can restore peace in Indian Kashmir by releasing a few students and paying money to relatives of protesters killed by security forces.

Indian Home Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram outlined proposals Saturday to reduce security deployments in the region and free protesters detained for throwing stones at security personnel. He also is offering to begin a dialogue with a broad section of Kashmiri society.

Indian Kashmir has seen a wave of violent protests against New Delhi's rule in the disputed region since June. The unrest has killed 107 people, mostly teenage boys and young men shot in street battles with Indian security forces.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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