Rahul should realize root cause of Kashmir dispute: Geelani
Srinagar, Oct 5: Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Friday said if Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi wants to understand pain of Kashmiris he should “realize that India’s forced control is the root cause of all problems in Kashmir.”
“If Rahul Gandhi wants to understand the pain and sufferings of Kashmiris he should know that forced control of Kashmir by India is the root cause of all problems and sufferings.” Geelani said in a press statement.
Taking a leaf from history about the Sheikh-Nehru friendship, Geelani said that Sheikh Abdullah had no mandate of people of Kashmir’, “It (friendship) was only between two families which proved costly for Kashmiris. Public had nothing to do with their relationship, or Farooq-Rajiv accord or Omar–Rahul friendship. It gave birth to lot of problems for Kashmiris,” he said.
Geelani also said that three wars would not have been fought on Kashmir between India and Pakistan, had Sheikh Abdullah not made friendship with Nehru.
“That has lead to present political uncertainty also. Although later on Sheikh Abdullah also realized that he committed a blunder this was the reason he started plebiscite again. But again it was buried for their personal interests,” Geelani said.
Geelani also called on Rahul to settle the “unfulfilled promise” of his grandfather, Jawahar Lal Nehru about the solution of Kashmir.
On the reports of protest in Kashmir University, Geelani hailed the students for protesting the visit of Rahul Gandhi, “It was a befitting reply to his comment that he wants to forge ties with Kashmiri youth. Kashmir University authorities are ruining future of our children. University has been made a platform for political and cultural programmes.”
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