FROM DELHI, GEELANI SLAMS ISLAMABAD

‘Pakistan’s Kashmir Policy Not Matching Sentiments Of People’

GK NEWS NETWORK

Srinagar, Dec 14: The Hurriyat Conference (G) Chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani Friday said the Pakistan government’s current policy on Kashmir was “not matching with the sacrifices, sentiments and aspirations of the people of Kashmir.”
Geelani, according to a Hurriyat (G) spokesman, stated this while talking to the Pakistan High Commissioner Salman Bashir, Deputy High Commissioner Babar Amin and other officials at New Delhi.
Geelani told the Pakistan High Commissioner that the Pakistan government’s ‘criminal silence’ over the life-sentences awarded to pro-freedom leaders was tantamount to rubbing salt on the wounds of Kashmiris. “If we do not get freedom in near future we will hand-over the ongoing freedom movement to the next generation. But we not will surrender before New Delhi at any cost,” he said, adding that “If New Delhi continues its forcible control on Kashmir, the day is not far when it will stop State’s river waters to Pakistan and render its irrigation lands dry and barren.”
Geelani held the Pakistan’s former president Pervez Musharraf responsible for “current worsening situation in Pakistan and Afghanistan.” He alleged that Musharraf “endangered the very existence of Pakistan for his petty personal interests.”
The Pakistan High Commissioner Salaman Bashir, according to the Hurriyat spokesman, told Geelani that Pakistan and its people were having a “great regard for him and that they wanted him to visit their country soon.” “Geelani told the officials to ask the Pakistan leaders to show persistence and not to deviate from their national policy on Kashmir. In case the administration of Pakistan exhibits the submissive approach towards the Kashmir issue, it would be detrimental for both Pakistan and the people of Kashmir.”
Geelani said it was unfortunate that the rulers in Pakistan “do not miss any opportunity to admire their counterparts in Delhi, though it is clear that it is at their (Delhi’s) behest that the people in Kashmir are being killed and their voice muzzled.”
Commenting on the cross LoC trade and business agreements, Geelani said: “Kashmir is a just cause and it cannot be substituted for trade and business. The Kashmir dispute is a political one and is related to the millions of souls and this reality cannot be ignored.”
“The sufferings of thousands of Kashmir’s divided families can’t be ignored just for the sake of cross LOC trade,” Geelani said, adding that “Pakistan is facing tough times while India on the other hand is ahead of it on all fronts and holds an upper hand. So it is futile to initiate parleys with India at this stage. It would be detrimental if decisions are taken without preparation and in a hasty manner.”
Rejecting the Pakistan visit offer, Geelani said: “The people of Pakistan and the Government are well aware of our aspirations and know our opinions and stand. The Kashmir issue is the by-product of Indo- Pak partition and Pakistan from its day first and its establishment has favoured Kashmir. I think it is sad that some quarters feel that after a period of 65 years, Pakistan is eager to settle the issue and hear from us the seriousness of the problem.”

Lastupdate on : Fri, 14 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 14 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sat, 15 Dec 2012 00:00:00 IST




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