Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Thursday set six conditions for peace to be restored in Kashmir and wrote a letter to conference of Home Ministers of SAARC Countries being held in Islamabad.
Geelani in the letter addressed to Arjun Thapa, said, "There is urgent need for certain Confidence Building Measures so that peace is restored in Kashmir."
Geelani on behalf of the "oppressed and besieged" people of Jammu and Kashmir in the letter stated that firstly India should accept the disputed nature of Jammu and Kashmir and announce the acceptance of the people's Right to Self Determination. He has also asked to announce rapid demilitarization process from Jammu and Kashmir under credible international monitoring.
He demanded the repeal of draconian laws like Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) and Public Safety Act (PSA) that provide impunity to the force personnel operating in Jammu and Kashmir.
As a fourth CBM Geelani asked Government of India (GoI) to release all the political prisoners from prisons, detention centers and house arrest and restore their right to free political activity withdrawing all cases against them.
He has also demanded that UN Special Rapporteurs and all international human rights and humanitarian organizations should be allowed to work in Jammu and Kashmir.
Geelani said Kashmiris believe a good beginning could be made to create an atmosphere conducive for peace and resolution if your offices urge India to take the Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) in Jammu and Kashmir people of this unfortunate land would get some respite.