LAHORE All Parties Hurriyat Conference (G) Chief Syed Ali Shah Geelani, while strongly denouncing US President Barack Obamas visit to India, has termed his silence on the core issue of Kashmir a criminal act and said that business and cultural engagement with the US could not make New Delhi stable until the settlement of the dispute as per the aspirations of Kashmiris. Accusing Obama of being a hypocrite, he said that during his election campaign, the US President had hinted at playing a role for resolution of the Kashmir issue but he had ignored the problem on his visit to India which showed that Washington always pursued policy of double standards vis-a-vis key issues. Talking to Nawa-i-Waqt on Sunday, Geelani said Obamas silence over Kashmir had disappointed the Kashmiris, maintaining that they would continue their struggle for the right to self-determination. He said Obamas visit was a challenge for the Pakistani leadership who had been insisting on the US mediation on the issue. He further said that Kashmiris were the real party in the issue as they had proved with a new history of sacrifices that they could not live with India, and it had to vacate territory. India, which had unleashed a reign of terror on the Kashmiri people, had never been serious for dialogue to find an amicable solution to the problem but we are determined for its solution till our last breath. Kashmir was neither a territorial nor a land dispute; rather it was matter of right to self-determination of 12.5 million people of the Held Territory, he said, adding that it was part of unaccomplished agenda of partition of the Sub-Continent. Geelani said neither had Kashmiris any expectations from the US in the past nor now. To a question, he said they were satisfied that they were fighting for their genuine rights by wrapping coffins on their heads. Peace in the region was difficult until Kashmiris were given right to self-determination and an end to the atrocities being committed by the Indian Occupation forces on the innocent people, he opined. He said that negotiations process with the Kashmiri leadership by India was a mere drama and just an attempt by New Delhi to hoodwink the world but the Kashmiri leadership and youth had exposed Delhis sinister designs in this regard. The veteran Kashmiri leader said they were ready for negotiations but these should focus on only independence and right to self-determination, but he made it clear that prior to any dialogue, India must pull out troops from Kashmir, abolish black laws and release detained Kashmiris. He held that Obamas visit to India might be fruitful for the US itself, but not for New Delhi and minorities living there, maintaining that the US President would soon realise that India was not a secular state, rather it was a fascist country. AFP adds: Geelani urged the US to intervene in the disputed region, saying Washington could eliminate its trust-deficit in the Muslim world. In a statement directed at President Barack Obama, who is visiting India, he said: Resolution of the (Kashmir) problem with American assistance will go a long way in eradicating the trust deficit between the US and the Muslim world. Congratulating Obama on his three-day visit to India, the Kashmiri leader said: We hope and expect you to use all your influence to restore the right of self-determination to the people of the state.