Withdrawal demand unjustified: Geelani

Srinagar, Jan 23: The chairman of Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Wednesday said the presence of UN Military Observers Group in Kashmir was of vital importance and the demand for its withdrawal was “unjustified and unrealistic.”
“The relevance of the UN military observers in Kashmir cannot be challenged by anyone as long as Kashmir remains unresolved,” Geelani said in a statement issued from New Delhi, adding that it does not behoove New Delhi to show disregard to international agreements that it has endorsed and challenge the legal presence of UN military observers in Kashmir. “For it was India that had taken Kashmir dispute to the United Nations,” he said, adding that “since Kashmiris as a party were not included in Shimla Agreement, it (agreement) has not overtaken the role of UN observers.”
“India has no right to ask for the legality of UN observers as it was India that took the Kashmir dispute to United Nations,” said Geelani, adding that “though United Nations has not played an impressive and allocated role, yet no power on earth can deny the importance of deployment of its observers in Jammu and Kashmir. Besides, the presence of UN military observers in Kashmir for the past six decades stands out as clear proof that it (Kashmir) is a disputed territory and is in no way part of India and that the resolution with regard to its future political destiny is yet to be made.”
Referring to the bilateral agreements between India and Pakistan, Geelani said since 1947 the two nations signed several agreements and decided to settle the Kashmir issue. “But in the absence of the primary party, these agreements did not yield the desired results. These agreements have proved that presence of UN observers have not lost their importance,” he added.
“Even if UN withdraws its observers, still no power on earth can deny the freedom right to people of Jammu and Kashmir nor the people would call off their struggle. The UN resolutions provide a moral and constitutional support to our cause,” he said.
Referring to Omar Abdullah’s statement, Geelani made it clear that he has no role to intervene in the matters related to Kashmir dispute and it is better for him to confine himself to administration only. “In order to appease the masters in Delhi, Omar Abdullah issued a statement to seek blessings and stop Mufti Syed and Saif Din Soz from playing their role in Kashmir politics,” he added.

Lastupdate on : Wed, 23 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 23 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 24 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST

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