Delhi has to accept reality for fruitful talks: Geelani
‘GOVT PROMOTING IMMORALITY’
Srinagar, June 23: Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Thursday said he was not against the India-Pakistan dialogue but talks won’t prove fruitful until India accepts the ‘hard realities’ about Kashmir issue.
“I have reiterated that from March 1952 more than 150 rounds of dialogue have been held but no result has been achieved till date. New Delhi needs to accept the disputed nature of Kashmir issue if they want to resolve the issue,” he said replying to a query during a news conference at his residence here.
“They need to fulfil the broken promises to which Home Minister P. Chidambaram has referred and it was India which took Kashmir to the United Nations," he said.
Responding to a question about holding meeting with the Kashmir Committee and refusing the same with interlocutors appointed by the Centre, the pro-freedom leader said the Hurriyat has a standing policy of meeting with the non-official panels.
“New Delhi needs to accept our five-point demand for talks with us,” he said.
The leader expressed concern over moral waywardness and social evils.
“We need to aware, persuade and educate people for tackling moral degradation in our society and for this purpose committees should be formed at Mohalla level to keep vigil on our children. There is no place for throwing acid or using violence for enforcing our appeal,” he cautioned.
Asking people to remain cautious, Geelani said cultural aggression plan of Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) is being followed in Kashmir to suppress the resistance sentiment.
“Whether it is government of Congress, Communists or others, I can say without an iota of doubt that they are fulfilling the designs of RSS,” he said.
Terming presence of armed forces as root cause of moral waywardness in the state, he said that ‘imperialist forces don’t remain content with the presence of their military in their colonies only.’
“By using different tactics, government is luring our youth towards immoral acts to kill the pro-freedom sentiment. The forces are portraying themselves as well wishers of Kashmiris and even in some areas they visit houses to build rapport with local population so that we will feel that they are part of our society,” he said.
Geelani, while accusing State government of promoting immoral activities by co-education, said, “You are keeping fire and hay together and no one can save the hay from burning.”
“The government feels pride in narrating the figures about tax generated from liquor every year,” he added.
He said one hand there are extravagant marriages but “nobody is bothered about the orphans and widows who are suffering.”
“We should create Bait-ul-Maal in every locality to help the needy,” he said.
The pro-freedom leader further said government is patronizing immoral activities and “it has been proven beyond doubt by scuttling our programme meant for devising strategy against moral waywardness and social evils yesterday.”
“We had called a meeting of Ulema and Imams to discuss ways for remedy of immorality and social evils, but they (government) prevented us by putting me under house arrest. They don’t want keep the society free from immorality,” he said.
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