Bilateral ‘Customary’ Dialogue Process Unacceptable to Geelani

KL Report


Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani Friday appealed the governments of India and Pakistan to come out of the two parties traditional and customary dialogue process and adopt a serious and farsighted approach towards the final and lasting resolution of the Kashmir dispute.

In a statement he said, “Kashmir is not the issue of good or bad governance so, it can neither be solved by changing the government faces nor can this ulcer be treated through the makeup measures.”

While commenting over the recently held foreign secretary level dialogues between India and Pakistan, he said, “During the 68 years of freedom, both the countries have held more than 150 rounds of talks with each other but all those processes have remained result less and leave aside some successful photo sessions, no progress has been made towards the solution of the issues.”

“The verdicts of the history are always impartial and based on justice and it will blame all the tallest leaders so far of both the countries for the crime that they have failed to solve the outstanding issues between them and they have failed in providing a peaceful and comfortable living to the people of both the countries,” Geelani said.

The Hurriyat (G) chairman said that the prime minister Narender Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Mian Nawaz Sharif if willing can write a new chapter in the history of the world and they can play an important and memorable role in making the South Asian region a region of peace, stability and prosperity. “The unresolved Kashmir dispute is the only reason which has constructed a wall of hatred, enmity and rivalries between both the countries and it are the only reason for the political uncertainty, instability and disorder in the whole South Asian region. In addition to the people of the Jammu & Kashmir, the millions of people of both India and Pakistan are bearing the brunt of the no fault of theirs,” he said.

Geelani said that both the prime ministers should come out from the self styled web of the bureaucracy and play the statesmanship role then the resolution of the Kashmir dispute is not an impossible act. “The simple and easy formula of the Kashmir resolution is that instead of making it a point of prestige, it should be taken as a human issue and its historical perspective and the wishes and aspirations of its people should be addressed.  All the experiments of wars and force have failed to solve this dispute and now there is no option left other than to give a room to the new and revolutionary thinking,” he said.

While commenting over the change of guard in Jammu & Kashmir and arriving of Mufti Mohammad Syed, the Hurriyat (G) chairman said, “Kashmir is not the issue of good governance and providing better facilities which could be solved by the changing the government. The common minimum program on which the Mufti Sayed has agreed to work with his alliance partner is all about the administrative issues and it has nothing to do with the final resolution of the Kashmir issue. The status quo on Article 370, stage wise withdrawal of the AFSPA and releasing of few political prisoners can be a political assault of Mufti sahib to degrade the National Conference but it can’t impact the severity and the status of the Kashmir issue and nor can this change the political uncertain and instable situation of the state.”

“Mufti in his recent interview has himself admitted that he is an Indian by conviction so he can’t claim to represent the wishes and aspirations of the Kashmiri people who are struggling against the occupation of the same country from last more than six decades and have also offered precious and numerous sacrifices for their sacred cause,” Geelani said.

He said that the fear of BJP and the bad governance of the NC have certainly benefited him “but it never mean that the people have accepted him as their savior.”

“If he wishes he can do some developmental works in the state but being an ideological Indian, he can neither claim to represent the inner of the people of the state nor have the people given him any such mandate regarding the Kashmir issue,” he added.


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