PaK PM invites Geelani

‘Won’t leave Kashmiri brethren alone’

TARIQ NAQASH

Muzaffarabad, Nov 7: Prime Minister of Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK) Chaudhry Abdul Majeed has invited Hurriyat (G) Chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani to visit PaK and has assured him that his government and people would never disappoint or leave their struggling brethren across the divide alone.
 “As a (common) Kashmiri as well as an elected leader of this side of Kashmir, I assure you that we will never leave you alone or disappoint you. We are with you until our common goal is achieved,” he told Geelani over phone from PM House here.
 The telephonic conversation between the two leaders followed Geelani’s address to Muzaffarabad based media during which he regretted that the “ongoing activities in Pakistan and PaK regarding Kashmir were tantamount to adding insult to the injuries of Kashmiris.”
 However, Geelani avoided making bitter remarks during his conversation with Majeed who was all praise for his “commitment and contribution” to the cause.
 “I salute you for your dauntless struggle. In fact I am short of words to express my feelings for the sacrifices you are rendering for the cause of Kashmiris,” Majeed told Geelani in the presence of two cabinet members and some others.
 “You have been our role model and we are following you. We pray for your long life,” he added.
 Asking Geelani to visit PaK, Majeed told him that he had allocated funds for construction of two monuments to the Kashmiri martyrs, which would begin after completion of the prerequisites within three months.
 “We have planned to build one monument to the martyrs of Kashmir Valley along Muzaffarabad-Srinagar road and another monument to the martyrs of Jammu in Sialkot (in Punjab),” he said.
 It may be recalled that early this year Geelani had suggested Majeed in a letter to build a monument in memory of Kashmiri martyrs in Muzaffarabad.
 Majeed also condemned denial by the authorities in Srinagar to the separatists to hold a seminar in connection with Jammu Martyrs Day.
 Earlier, speaking to media persons over telephone, Geelani said, “Whatever is happening on both sides of Jammu and Kashmir at the moment will remain restricted to trade and (cross LoC) movement of a few selected people whereas for the common Kashmiris only statements are being issued,” he said.
 He made it clear that the Kashmiris would protect the geographical integrity of their state and would not allow separation of Jammu province.
 Geelani also lamented the statement submitted by Pakistan’s interior ministry in the country’s apex court on Kashmir and said the entire Kashmiri leadership in PaK should come out in the public against it.

Lastupdate on : Wed, 7 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 7 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 8 Nov 2012 00:00:00 IST




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