Jammu: Dismissing any links with the Lashkar-e-Taiba militant Ahtasham, who was planning to bomb Delhi, hardline Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Friday said that he had no relation with the held terrorist and accused the Central Government of hatching a conspiracy against him.

Launching an intense attack on the Centre, the Hurriyat leader said, “The Central government is dragging me into the controversy just to defame me and suppress the voice of people of Kashmir.”

Reacting to the reports that he had recommended the alleged LeT operative Ahtasham's name for a Pakistani visa, Geelani said that it was not him but the Government of India that had issued the visa.

“It is the government who finally issues visa after verifying all necessary information of the concerned person. Then why blame me,” Geelani asserted.

When asked about recommending the held terrorist, he said, “There are several people many of them students, who approach me for recommendations. Being a Kashmiri, I just recommend them on humanitarian grounds. But it is ultimately the work of the police and probing authorities to issue visas.”

Meanwhile, extending support to Geelani, APHC Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said, “In a bid to defame and weaken the struggle of Kashmir, New Delhi has on several occasions targeted the Hurriyat leaders. Rather than making such worthless accusations the Centre must find ways to resolve the Kashmir issue.”

After receiving crucial leads from the Intelligence Bureau and Jammu & Kashmir police, the Delhi police had on Wednesday arrested two suspected LeT terrorists who were allegedly planning to carry out terror strikes in the national capital and Srinagar targeting vital installations and VVIPs.

Last year, Geelani had to face probe in connection with allegedly passing Hawala money.