TIME NOT RIGHT FOR PAK VISIT: GEELANI

‘Islamabad Has Accepted Kashmir As Dispute; India Hurdle In Resolution’

ABID BASHIR

Srinagar, Dec 4: Chairman Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Geelani Tuesday said he would stay with the people of Kashmir “who are facing oppression from all quarters” and not visit Pakistan at a time when that country is about to witness elections to form a new government. He said Pakistan has already accepted the disputed nature of Kashmir and “India’s unrealistic attitude” was the biggest hurdle in resolving the issue.
The decision of not visiting Pakistan was taken at the Executive Council meet of Hurriyat (G) chaired by Geelani at his residence here. The members discussed the Pakistan invite and evolved a consensus that time was not ripe for the visit.
“We decided not to go to Pakistan at this stage. Situation in Kashmir is very tense. Entire valley is witnessing oppression. I am confined to home and judiciary is announcing verdicts against Kashmiri prisoners. I was not even allowed to carry out a peace march in old city,” Geelani told Greater Kashmir. “So we have decided to stay with the people to fight the oppression.”
He said Pakistan has already accepted the disputed nature of Kashmir and India was the biggest hurdle in Kashmir solution. “New Delhi behaves as if nothing has happened in Kashmir over the past 65 years. We have sacrificed more than six lakh people. At least 10 thousand people are missing,” Geelani said.
He further said that Kashmir issue has three parties- Pakistan, India and the people of Kashmir. “Two have already accepted that Kashmir is a dispute. It is India that continues to stick to its rigid and unrealistic attitude,” Geelani said. “Pakistan has been supporting the cause of Kashmiris since 1947. It is India which is delaying the resolution, so our real fight is with India.”
He said ‘since Pakistan is fully aware of the ground situation in Kashmir, it is better to stay with the people who are facing the hardships and atrocities committed by police and Indian forces.’ “We don’t want to be in headlines and part of a photo session,” he said.
Geelani said taking Pakistan on board for the resolution of Kashmir issue was a must but that time hasn’t come as yet. “We are not against dialogue and strongly believe that discussion with Pakistan and other groups is a must for Kashmir solution. But that time hasn’t come as yet and we don’t want to jump the gun,” he said.
He said since Pakistan is gearing up for National Assembly elections and inviting Kashmir separatists may be part of their vote-bank politics. “We believe that it doesn’t suit Hurriyat which represents six lakh sacrifices to take care of Pakistan’s internal matters and to forget their own duty,” the Hurriyat (G) Chairman said.
Meanwhile, Hurriyat (G) spokesman Ayaz Akbar said the meeting also felt that an impression was being created that Kashmir issue is more of economic in nature than political. “We have come to know that a proposal has been prepared to project Kashmir as an economic issue,” Akbar said in a statement. He said focusing more on cross-LoC trade and sidelining the main issue was a step in that direction. “We are of the belief that a common Kashmiri is better off than his counterpart in India,” he said.
Akbar said the meeting also reiterated its stand that ‘all short-cut proposals including Pervez Musharraf’s four-point formula won’t be accepted as a solution to Kashmir issue.’
He said Hurriyat (G) was never against dialogue “but no talks can be held with India until it accepts the disputed nature of Kashmir.”

Lastupdate on : Tue, 4 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 4 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Wed, 5 Dec 2012 00:00:00 IST




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