Don’t sit with killers: Geelani to Barrister
LoC Will Disappear Like Berlin Wall: Malik
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Srinagar, Sep 20: Hurriyat Conference (G) Chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Tuesday told former prime minister of Pakistan administered Kashmir Barrister Sultan Mahmood Choudhary that it does not behove him to shake hands with the killers of Kashmiris.
Talking to media-persons after an hour long meeting with Barrister Sultan Mehmood here, Geelani said he has conveyed to PaK president that “it is not good for the political leadership from across to sit with those whose hands are drenched in the blood of Kashmiris”.
Geelani said he also raised the issue of worsening situation in Pakistan with former PaK prime minister. “I told him that improvement of security situation in Pakistan is a necessity and the government there must talk to Tehreek-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) to ensure peace and stability in the country,” he said.
Hurriyat (G) chairman said he also informed Barrister about the recent discovery of unmarked graves and other human right violations in Kashmir valley.
Geelani said he also apprised him that Kashmiris won’t accept any solution on communal basis or against their wishes and sentiment.
“I told him that Kashmiris have given six lakh sacrifices for their right to self determination and we wouldn’t accept any out-of-box solution or idea,” he said.
LOC WILL FALL LIKE BERLIN WALL: MALIK
Barrister Sultan Mahmood was accorded warm reception by the activists of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front on his arrival at party headquarters here.
As he descended from the vehicle along with JKLF chief Muhammad Yasin Malik, hundreds of people from Maisuma locality in civil lines area of the city took him in procession from Lal Chowk. Women on the occasion sang Kashmir songs and showered flower petals and candies on him.
Speaking on the occasion, Malik said Line of Control dividing both parts of Kashmir will fall like Berlin wall.
“Before 1947, Kashmir was a single geographical unit, but an artificial border was created between us. We were separated from each other by this line. But Line of Control is not permanent and it will disappear like Berlin Wall,” he said. Malik added that no force of world can divide Kashmir.
Addressing the public gathering on this occasion, Barrister Sultan Mahmood expressed gratitude to Malik and his party for the rousing reception accorded to him.
The former PaK prime minister said Malik took him first to Martyrs’ Graveyard Eidgah to pay tributes to the martyrs of Kashmir on behalf of the people of Muzaffarabad.
“The attention of entire world is focused on Kashmir due to sacrifices rendered by the people here. I assure you that blood of the martyrs won’t go waste and their sacrifices would bear fruit,” Sultan said.
He said people of PaK would continue diplomatic and moral support to the struggle of Kashmiris.
This is for the first time in past 64 years that PaK political leader addressed a public gathering in the Valley.
Later, Jamait-Ahli-Hadees general secretary Abdur Rehman and leaders of Anjuman Sharai Shiyan, Sikhs, Pandits and galaxy of intellectuals met him at JKLF headquarters.
MEETS AAC LEADERS
The visiting PaK leader also met Awami Action Committee leaders at Mirwaiz Manzil here this afternoon.
During his interaction with AAC leaders, Barrister Sultan hailed the contribution of Mirwaiz family towards Kashmiri struggle.
“The services rendered by the family are unforgettable. In every sector of life they have played role in the uplifitment of Kashmiris,” he said.
Among others senior Hurriyat (M) leader and close associate of Mirwaiz, Advocate Shahid-ul-Islam, Ghulam Nabi Zaki, Advocate Nazir Baba, Advocate Moulvi Ashraf, Ghulam Qadir Beig and Mushtaq Ahmed Sofi were present in the meeting.
Barrister Sultan Mahmood while addressing the Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association said that the UN resolutions are the foundation to resolve Kashmir issue but the parleys should continue to hammer out a tangible solution of the problem.
“The resolutions passed by UN vis-à-vis Kashmir wield the bedrock importance to find a tangible and perennial solution of the issue and the breakthrough in achieving the everlasting solution is possible only if the resolutions are implemented in entirety,” Barrister Sultan said while addressing HCBA members.
He, however, said parleys have a crucial role and should continue to augur in a tripartite manner. “Kashmiris should be part of the tripartite negotiations and without the involvement of Kashmiris, the talks would not serve any purpose,” he said.
Ruling out any flexibility on part of Pakistan in backing Kashmiris, the ex-PaK premier, who is also a Pakistan Peoples Part leader said that Pakistan is holding out completely for Kashmiris to achieve their goal and would never give in.
“Pakistan has its own problems but still it has not diluted its stand on Kashmir. There are attempts to brand Pakistan as a terrorist country but the country is struggling to come out of the quagmire of terrorism, which has unleashed so much of the wilt on this country,” the ex-premier said.
Barrister Mehmood said Kashmir is a single entity and the restrictions on travel across the Line of Control should be done away with, so that people can travel without any impediment.
Referring to Musharraf’s formula on Kashmir, he said it was impracticable and unfit to resolve the issue.
The Bar President, Mian Abdul Qayoom in his address said that Pakistan has started shunning support to Kashmiris which he termed a reproachable move.
“Kashmiris cannot forget the sacrifices rendered and would continue the struggle unless an acceptable solution through the implementation of UN Resolutions is achieved,” the Bar president said. He said since 1947 much has been invested in the freedom struggle and none can afford to look other way regarding the Kashmir freedom.
The General Secretary of the Bar, G N Shaheen also addressed the lawyers gathering.
MEETING MAINSTREAM POLITICIANS GOOD STEP: SAJAD
Barrister Sultan Choudhary called on the Chairman of People's Conference Sajad Lone at his residence, a PC spokesman said.
He said Sajad welcomed Barrister Sultan and both of them discussed the prevailing situation in Kashmir and exchanged constructive views and ideas.
Sajad, according to the spokesman, told Barrister Sultan that it was a good step that he met mainstream leaders on his visit and put forth a moderate and rational stance as it was time to give up politics of rigidity and clinging on to folklores. “Sajad recollected memories of Barrister Sultan's hospitality and protocol during his wedding in Pakistan when Barrister Sultan Chowdhary was the Prime Minister of PaK,” the spokesman said, adding the meeting was also attended by People's Conference Leader, Junaid Azim Mattu.
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