Srinagar, October 17: Hardline separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani today relented on the holding of examinations of Kashmir students, saying that “ no sane person can oppose the education,” but wanted that there should be conducive atmosphere for the studies.
He agreed with a Delhi delegation led by former external affairs minister Yashwant Sinha that the students should not suffer because of the closure of schools, but he blamed the government for creating an atmosphere of uncertainty and fear through “ repression.” He counted the “ mass arrests, night raids, ransacking of houses and the indiscriminate and excessive use of power” by the security forces as the basis for such a situation.
Geelani said that the delegation should first ask the government to lift the atmosphere and then hold examinations in March.
This was the second meeting of the Sinha- led delegation with Geelani. The first meeting was held on Tusday.