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Sunday, 9 June, 2002, 16:35 GMT 17:35 UK
Pakistan condemns Kashmir arrest
Hurriyat Conference leaders
Hurriyat Conference is the main separatist political movement in Kashmir
Pakistan has criticised India for arresting Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani.


The Government of Pakistan calls upon the Indian Government to...immediately release Geelani

Foreign office statement

A foreign office statement in Islamabad said Mr Geelani's arrest reflected the Indian Government's utter disregard for the fundamental rights of Kashmiris.

Mr Geelani was arrested on Sunday under controversial anti-terrorism legislation passed by the Indian parliament in March.

He is accused of receiving money from Pakistan to fund Kashmiri militant activities.

The arrest followed a police raid on Mr Geelani's home.

Funding militants

Indian police say they were acting on information that Mr Geelani had received tens of thousands of US dollars from Pakistani intelligence services.

Syed Ali Shah Geelani
Mr Geelani has been taken to Ranchi

The money, allegedly routed through a contact in the UK, was intended to finance militant groups in Indian Kashmir, according to the police.

Police say they recovered the equivalent of more than $30,000.

Mr Geelani is a key figure in the Kashmiri separatist movement - an executive and former chairman of the multi-party pro-separatist alliance, the Hurriyat Conference.

He is seen as a hardliner and pro-Pakistan.

The Hurriyat Conference said Mr Geelani's arrest would harm international efforts to ease current tensions between India and Pakistan.

'Pretext'

Mr Geelani was flown out of Kashmir to Ranchi in eastern Jharkhand state pending court proceedings.

Policemen during a raid on Mr Geelani's house
The arrest was made under the new anti-terrorism law

Critics of the Indian government say the seizure of the funds was an excuse for the authorities to crack down on a separatist leader with close links to Pakistan.

That is a charge dismissed as far-fetched by Indian police.

The arrest comes as hopes are growing of a breakthrough in the current stand-off between India and Pakistan.

India's allegations that Pakistan gives practical support to militants operating in Indian Kashmir is a central part of the long-running and dangerous dispute.

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