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J&K: The Hurriyat Conference

An elderly man rides a bicycle along a street during a strike call given by joint Hurriyat leadership on Human Rights Day, in Srinagar.

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Chairman of moderate faction of Hurriyat conference Mirwaiz Umer Farooq leads a protest rally against the killing of senior Hurriyat leader Mir Hafizullah, in Srinagar.

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Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq delivers Eid sermon on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha, at Eidgah in Srinagar.

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Chairman of the moderate faction of Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umar Farooq leads a protest rally against the petitions filed in the Supreme Court challenging the validity of Article 35A and 370, at Nowhatta in Srinagar.

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Hurriyat Conference leader Mirwaiz Umer Farooq

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Chairman of Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umar Farooq raises slogans during a protest rally against the killing of a 17-year-old civilian Umar Kumar during clashes in Shopian near an encounter site, at Nowhatta in Srinagar.

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Chairman of Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Shah Geelani with new Chairman of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Ashraf Sehari during a protest rally after his release, in Srinagar

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Chairman of moderate faction of Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umar Farooq along with locals during a protest against the recent killings in Shopian, in Srinagar.

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Chairman of Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Yasin Malik address a joint press conference, at Mirwaiz's residence in Srinagar.

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Moderate Hurriyat Conference Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq along with other people offering prayers at Jamia Masjid, in Srinagar. He was released from house detention after one-and-a-half month.

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Mirwaiz, Geelani and Yasin Malik have called the Centre’s ­initiative a “tactic to buy time”

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A security personnel guards near Lal Chowk during a strike called given by Hurriyat leaders on the 71st Independence Day, in Srinagar.

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Shiv Sena activists burn the posters of Hurriyat leaders following searches by the NIA at various separatist leaders' homes and offices for its probe in terror funding case, in Jammu.

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Moderate Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was detained by the police as he tried to lead his supporters towards the martyrs' graveyard in the Naqshband Sahib area, in Srinagar.

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Kashmiri separatist leader Nayeem Khan arrives to appear before the National Investigation Agency (NIA) officials in a terror funding case, in New Delhi.

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A civil society group headed by senior congress leader Mani Shanker Aiyar (3rd from R) during a meeting with Hurriyat Conference chairman of moderate faction Mirwiaz Molvi Umar Farooq, in Srinagar.

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Mirwaiz Umer Farooq

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Key separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, center speaks to reporters before he was detained by police to stop him from leading an anti-India march to southern Kashmir in Srinagar.

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Children look at photographs on display at an annual roadside photo exhibition organized by Kashmiri separatist leader Shakeel Bakshi in Srinagar, Kashmir.

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Pakistani High Commissioner Abdul Bashit with separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani during Pakistan Day celebrations at the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi.

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Supporters of All Parties Hurriyat Conference(APHC) shout pro-freedom slogans as policemen detain them during a protest in Srinagar, J&K.

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Police detaining leaders and activists of hardline faction of Hurriyat Conference during their protest to demand disbanding of Village Defence Committee members (VDC), in Srinagar.

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A security jawan stands guard during restrictions imposed by the authorities at a strike called by Hurriyat Conference in protest against the killing of a mother-son duo in Rajouri district by a member of Village Defence Committee, in Srinagar.

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Moderate Hurriyat Conference Chairman Mohammad Umar Farooq addressing a press conference in Srinagar,J&K.

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Activists of Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP) protest against the bandh called by Hurriyat and other separatist groups over beef ban, in Jammu.

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Security forces men guard at Nowhatta Chowk during restrictions following a one-day strike call given by Separatist and Religious groups in protest against the Beef ban by J&K High Court, in Srinagar.

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Hardline Hurriyat Conference Chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani with three top separatist leaders Shabir Ahmad Shah of Democratic Freedom Party (2nd Right), Nayeem Ahmad Khan (Left) of National Front and Aga Hassan Budgami of Anjuman-e-Sharie Shian who joined his faction, during a press conference in Srinagar.

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Police Lathi charges on supporters of Hurriyat Chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Hurriyat Activists during their protest rally against Geelani's house arrest, outside his Residence at Hydepora in Srinagar.

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An injured elderly Hurriyat activist lies on ground after being hit by coloured water cannon used by police to disperse supporters of Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani during their protest rally against Geelani's house arrest, outside his residence at Hydepora in Srinagar.

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Modrate Hurriyat Conference Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq addresses at Jamia Masjid in Srinagar, J&K.

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Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Mohd Yasin Malik being arrested by Police ahead of his Proposed meeting with Pakistan National Security Advisor (NSA) Sartaj Aziz, in New Delhi in Srinagar. All separatist leaders who were invited by Pakistan to meet its national security advisor (NSA) Sartaj Aziz, when he visits India, were arrested and placed under house arrest.

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Congress leader Mani Shanker Aiyer greets Hurriyat Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq during the Eid Milan at the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi.

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Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit greets Hurriyat Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq during the Eid Milan at the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi.

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To save the Hurriyat from the Dulat taint, Geelani accused the PDP

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A vendor pushing his cart at Lal Chowk in Srinagar during a strike call given by separatists against the recent killings in Sopore town of Kashmir.

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JKLF Chairman Yasin Malik stands inside a police vehicle during a protest in Srinagar. Nearly a dozen separatist leaders and sympathizers courted arrest as members of JKLF voluntarily launched a nine-day campaign to "fill prisons" against the alleged restrictions imposed on them by officials for carrying political activities in the disputed region.

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Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Yasin Malik speaks during a press conference in Srinagar. Malik said that he along with his party members would court arrest to protest the restrictions imposed against them by officials for carrying political activities.

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Members of All India Anti Terrorist Front protest against Sayeed Ali Shah Geelani, Chairman of the hardline faction of Hurriyat Conference for his controversial statement over Amarnath Yatra, in Jammu.

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Members of the Jammu West Assembly Movement burn an effigy of Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani during a protest in Jammu.

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Muslim community women protest against separatist leader Masarat Alam in Mumbra, Thane.

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Muslim community women protest against separatist leader Masarat Alam in Mumbra, Thane.

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Buckling under pressure from alliance partner BJP, the PDP-led government in Jammu and Kashmir arrested separatist leader Masarat Alam Bhat in connection with the raising of Pakistani flags during a rally.

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Shiv Sena and Dogra Front workers burn an effigy of Separatist leader Masarat Alam protesting against hoisting a Pakistani flag during a rally, in Jammu.

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Supporters waves Pakistani flags during the rally of Chairman of Hardline Faction of Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Shah Geelani in Srinagar.

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Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani is greeted by Pakistani High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit and his wife during a reception on Pakistan National Day at Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi.

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Pakistani High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit with Chairman of moderate faction of Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Molvi Mohammad Umar Farooq during a reception on Pakistan National Day at Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi.

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Pakistani High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit with Chairman of moderate faction of Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Molvi Mohammad Umar Farooq during a reception on Pakistan National Day at Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi.

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Shiv Sena protesting against the meeting that the Pakistan High Commissioner is having with separatist, in New Delhi.

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Shiv Sena protesting against the meeting that the Pakistan High Commissioner is having with separatist, in New Delhi.

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File Combo: In a statement that has sparked furore, Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani (right) called militants who were gunned down by the Army in south Kashmir's Pulwama district on Tuesday January 27, 2015 as 'martyrs'.

Photo from left: AP File Photo/Mukhtar Khan; Photo by Tribhuvan Tiwari/ Outlook

Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, center, offers special prayers for victims killed in a Taliban attack in Peshawar, in Srinagar.

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Kashmiri activists of All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) during a protest to mark International Human Rights Day in Srinagar.

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Chairman Moderate Faction of Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umar Farooq being arrested by police to prevent them from visiting Curfew-bound Shopian ,at Rajbagh in Srinagar.

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A protester throws stones at paramilitary soldiers during a protest in Srinagar. Most shops, business establishments and educational institutions were closed in Kashmir after separatists called for a strike against the killings of five Kashmiris by paramilitary soldiers.

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Security personnel patrolling a street during a strike called by separatist groups in protest against Zubin Mehta's concert, in Srinagar.

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An aerial view of Lal Chowk during a one-day strike called by the Separatist groups in protest against Zubin Mehta's concert, in Srinagar.

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Lal Chowk area is seen during a strike called by separatist groups, in Srinagar.

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Supporters of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) hold banners during a protest in Srinagar demanding the return of Afzal Guru's body.

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Hurriyat Conference Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq leads a protest rally against the state government after his release from 45-day-long house arrest which started after Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru's hanging in New Delhi, in Srinagar.

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Vehicles plying on roads despite Hurriyat's shutdown call over the demand for the body of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, in Srinagar.

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A burning tire stands on a road during a strike called by separatists in Srinagar. Curfew was lifted from Kashmir Valley and mobile Internet services restored, a week after the restrictions were imposed following hanging of Parliament attack convict Mohammad Afzal Guru. However, normal life remained affected as hardline Hurriyat Conference led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani extended the strike over Guru's execution and in support of the demand for return of his body to his family.

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A Kashmiri snack seller walks past a closed market area during a strike in Srinagar. Kashmiri separatist leader, Syed Ali Shah Geelani called for a one-day shutdown against any attempt to make permanent roads up to the shrine of Amarnath, in south Kashmir.

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Police officers detain Syed Ali Shah Geelani, chairman of Hardliner Faction of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, as he attempts to participate in a protest march towards Martyr's Graveyard in Srinagar.

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Foreign Secretary of Pakistan Jalil Abbas Jilani with Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani after a meeting at High Commission of Pakistan, in New Delhi.

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A security person guards during a strike call given by Hurriyat Conference in the memory of its slain leaders Mirwaiz Mohammad Farooq and Abdul Gani Lone in Srinagar.

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Muslims shout slogans as Kashmiri separatist leader and chairman of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, unseen, arrives to speak at a gathering at Jama Masjid in New Delhi.

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Chairman of Hardliner Faction of Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Shah Geelani, left, greets the former Prime Minister of Pakistan-administered Kashmir, Barrister Sultan Mehmood Chaudhary in Srinagar.

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Former prime minister of Pakistan-administered Kashmir, Barrister Sultan Mehmood Chaudhary is greeted by supporters of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front as he arrives to meet Yasin Malik the chairman of the JKLF in Srinagar.

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Chairman of moderate faction of Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umar Farooq addresses people at Eidgah in Srinagar on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr.

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Hurriyat leader Aga Syed Badgami arrives at the Pakistani High Commission for a meeting with Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar, in New Delhi.

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Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani waves to newsmen as he leaves after a meeting with Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar in New Delhi.

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Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umer Farooq arrives at the Pakistani High Commission for a meeting with Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar, in New Delhi.

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Sri Sri Ravi Shankar presenting a shawl to Chairman of moderate faction of Hurriyat Conference Umer Farooq at a meeting at Raj Bagh in Srinagar.

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Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq speaks during a press conference calling for a rally and a shutdown on July 13, in Srinagar. July 13 is observed as "Martyrs' Day" in Kashmir.

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Chairman of moderate faction of Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umar Farooq welcoming noted lawyer and BJP MP Ram Jethmalani for a meeting at his residence in Srinagar.

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Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani (center) waves to supporters before offering funeral prayers for al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden in Srinagar.

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Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Yasin Malik (left) and All Parties Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq attend a protest rally against the killing of Muslim cleric and separatist leader Moulvi Showkat Ahmed Shah in Srinagar. Shah was killed in a blast on April 8 when he was entering a mosque in Kashmir's main city of Srinagar for Friday prayers.

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Chairman of moderate faction of Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umar Farooq along with other religious and separatist leaders during a meeting convened in connection with the murder of religious cleric, Maulana Showkat Ahmad Shah, in Srinagar.

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Kashmiri separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, center left, addresses the crowd during a protest in Srinagar. A protest was organized by Kashmir's separatist parties to protest the killing of a prominent Muslim cleric, Moulvi Showkat Ahmed Shah, in a bomb blast outside a mosque.

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Senior separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq speaks during a one-hour sit-in protest against the killing of President of Jammu and Kashmir Jamiat-e-Ahlihdees Moulana Showket Ahmad Shah last week, at Gaw Kadal in Srinagar.

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Chairman of moderate faction of Hurriyat Conference Umar Farooq talks with JKLF Chairman Yasin Malik during a meeting over the killing of Moulvi Showket Ahmad Shah, former President of JKAH, in Srinagar.

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Chairman of moderate faction of Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umar Farooq talks with JKLF Chairman Yasin Malik during a meeting over the killing of Moulvi Showket Ahmad Shah, former President of JKAH, in Srinagar.

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Chairman of the hardline faction of Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Shah Geelani addresses a press conference at his Hyderpora residence in Srinagar.

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Chairman of the hardline faction of the All Party Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Shah Geelani addressing a press conference at his residence in Srinagar.

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Chairman of moderate faction of Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umer Farroq receiving the members of a Parliamentary and civil society team headed by Ram Vilas Paswan at his residence in Srinagar. The team is on a three-day visit to the valley to meet the political parties, youth and the families of the victims killed during protests.

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Kashmiri separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, addresses a press conference in Srinagar.

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Security personnel try to stop BJP supporters' protest against the interaction of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Chairman of the moderate faction of Hurriyat Conference, and foreign media, at the office of the Foreign Correspondents Club of South Asia in New Delhi.

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Security men hold a Bharatiya Janata Party activist who tried to stop the car of Kashmiri separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, unseen, as he arrives for a press conference at the foreign correspondent's club in New Delhi

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Security men guard outside the Jamia Masjid during curfew at Safa Kadal Chowk in Srinagar. Authorities imposed curfew to foil the Hurriyat Conference's Idgah Challo protest march.

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Chairman of the hardline faction of Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Shah Geelani shares a light moment with July G Bentley, Head of Political Affairs of Canadian High Commission, during a meeting at his Hyderpora residence in Srinagar.

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Chairman of Moderate Faction of Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umar Farooq shakes hands with Sumitra Dave (Left) Economic and Political Advisor of Canadian High Commission, as July G. Bentley (in Red) Head of Political Affairs of Canadian High Commission looks on during a delegation level meeting at his residence in Srinagar.

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Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, center, and his supporters hold a silent protest outside his party headquarter in Srinagar.

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Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani addresses a press conference at his party headquarter in Srinagar. Geelani vowed to press ahead with anti-India protests and accused New Delhi of ignoring its demands like release of political prisoners, demilitarization of the disputed region and repeal of harsh laws as a prerequisite for beginning talks for resolving the Kashmir crisis.

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Kashmiri separatist leader Mirwaiz Umer Farooq addresses a press conference as he launches a signature campaign on a petition to President Barack Obama in Srinagar. The petition sought intervention by Obama on the long standing Kashmir dispute ahead of his upcoming visit to India.

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Chairman of the hardline faction of Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Shah Geelani speaks during a convention on 'Azaadi, the only way', in New Delhi.

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Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, center left, talks to a delegation of lawmakers who called on him in Srinagar.

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Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, left, greets a delegation of lawmakers who called on him in Srinagar.

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Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, second left, talks to a delegation of lawmakers who called on him in Srinagar. The lawmakers launched a mission in Kashmir to find ways of defusing months of deadly unrest, but their trip was immediately derided by the separatists as a publicity stunt.

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Geelani: “Not a question of governance”

AFP (From Outlook, September 27, 2010)

Kashmiri separatist leader, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, waves to media before his arrest in Srinagar. Police arrested Geelani in an attempt to stop protests in the disputed region.

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