Geelani, Shah elated over Palestine’s recognition

Srinagar, Dec 1: The chairman of Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Saturday expressed happiness over the recognition of Palestine as non-member observer state by the UN General Assembly, appealing to the international community to impress upon New Delhi to give Kashmiris their right of self-determination.
 In a statement Geelani said, “Kashmir and Palestine are the two main causes of strife and turbulence in present world order. There are least chances of lasting peace in world until these two international issues are solved as per the aspirations of people.”
 Appreciating the sacrifices and commitment of Palestinians, Geelani said the determination and steadfastness shown by them was praise worthy and a role model for those who stood firm against occupant and tyrant forces. “They deserve this status because they have offered supreme sacrifices. Their innocent children were torn into pieces and their properties reduced to rubble but they never succumbed to the suppression of Israel,” he said.
 “We, the people of Jammu Kashmir as a nation, too have offered unparallel sacrifices and it is our duty to safeguard these (sacrifices) as has been done by the people of Palestine. We should keep distance from and alienate the opportunist elements who are extending their support to New Delhi for their petty interests,” Geelani said.
 Affirming that the resolution of Palestine is a master key for putting an end to all turbulences in Middle East, Geelani said, “Same is the case with Jammu and Kashmir. We cannot expect the lasting peace in south Asia until the Kashmir issue is resolved. Peace, tranquillity and political stability in India and Pakistan are far fetched dreams until the resolution of Kashmir issue.”
 Meanwhile, the chairman of Democratic Freedom Party Shabir Ahmad Shah also welcomed the recognition of Palestine as a non-member observer state in the United Nations.
 “Though the decision has come late but it is very positive development. It can pave the way for Palestinians for full membership in the United Nations. It is a boost for the people of the Palestine as well as the Kashmir as we have been suffering on the same lines at the hands of India,” he said adding that “Palestinians can now take their cause forward as per their aspirations.”
 “It is good that India has voted in favour of Palestine but now it is the time for them to fulfill the promises it has made with the people of the valley. They should not deny it anymore,” Shah said.
 Shah lauded the efforts and sacrifices of the Palestinian people who remained firm and determined for the sacred cause. “The Palestinian resistance and the UN decision should be an eye opener for those oppressors who are muzzling the voices of the innocent people by dint of force,” he said, urging upon the UN to take due cognizance of the situation in Kashmir.
 “Kashmiris have been fighting against the New Delhi’s anti-Kashmir polices that are devised only to deter them from the real cause of freedom. We have been fighting for the cause of freedom like Palestine for many decades. Like Palestine we will also be able to get our right to self determination,” Shah said.

Lastupdate on : Sat, 1 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sat, 1 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sun, 2 Dec 2012 00:00:00 IST




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