ISLAMABAD (APP) - The All Parties Hurriyet Conference Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and veteran Kashmiri Hurriyet leader in occupied Kashmir Syed Ali Geelani have reacted sharply to the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's assertion that India was ready to hold dialogue with all groups in Jammu and Kashmir provided they shun violence. According to Kashmir Media Service, the APHC Chairman talking to media men in Srinagar described the statement as traditional. "Honestly there is nothing new in this statement. They have made such statements earlier also," he said. The Mirwaiz urged India to create conducive atmosphere and undertake confidence building measures in Kashmir which would convince people that India was serious about talks this time round. The APHC Chairman said India should withdraw its troops, release all political prisoners, repeal draconian laws and stop human rights violations in the occupied territory if it was sincere to hold talks. He maintained that New Delhi must understand that Kashmir was a political issue, which could not be resolved through economic or administrative means. On the other hand, veteran Kashmiri Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Geelani in a media interview in Srinagar said that the offer was mere eyewash aimed at hoodwinking the world community that India was busy in the dialogue. He questioned the violence that Indian Prime Minister talked about. "Who is doing the violence that the Prime Minister has talked about? It is the Indian forces who are violent, not us," he said. Syed Ali Geelani pointed out that India was not serious and sincere in resolving the dispute and was depending upon its military might to forcibly hold on to Jammu and Kashmir. He emphasised that until New Delhi accepted Kashmir as a dispute, all dialogues were bound to fail. "We are not against the dialogue. We just say that the dialogue should be result-oriented, he added.