#Day34: Kashmir An Intl Issue, says Geelani, ‘Pak Bashing India’s Rhetoric’



A pro-Burhan graffiti in Chattabal
A pro-Burhan Wani graffiti appeared in Srinagar’s Chattabal area on Thursday. (KL Image: Bilal Bahadur)

Rejecting the Indian Home Minister’s “repeated Pakistan bashing”, All Parties Hurriyat Conference (g), Chairperson Syed Ali Geelani said that “India has never accepted and tolerated” the existence of Pakistan and always blaming it for the uprising in Kashmir.

“From the day Pakistan was born, India has been trying its best to destabilize it and it was because of India’s conspiracy and its military invasion which gave birth to Bangladesh in 1971,” Geelani said in a statement issued Thursday evening.

Geelani said, “India’s imperialistic mind set doesn’t want to listen to the Azadi thunders in the streets of the state of Jammu and Kashmir.”

“Kashmir issue is a globally recognized international dispute with India signatory to it and along with India, Pakistan too is basic and important stake holder and it has every right to ascertain and establish their right to intervene,” the Hurriyat patriarch said.

Commenting on the “old rhetoric” of Sangh Parivar that “talking on Kashmir means talking about POK”, Geelani said, “these unrealistic utterances have no takers even in India itself. Now peace and freedom loving people in India also suggest you to come down to ground zero and face the reality.”

Geelani painting the 'Go India, Go Back' graffiti near his Hyderpora residence.
Geelani painting the ‘Go India, Go Back’ graffiti near his Hyderpora residence in this KL file Image.

He further said that every street in Jammu and Kashmir is “flooded with people, they are not from Pakistan, more than six lakh people, since 1947, have sacrificed their lives and almost all of them belong to the state of Jammu and Kashmir”.

“To misguide and deceive your own people instead of acknowledging these bare facts, you always blame Pakistan because your dirty politics thrives on Pakistan bashing,” he said referring to Sangh Parivar.

Terming the recent discussion and debate in parliament as “mere drama” Geelani observed that these “political gimmicks” by India has been going on for the last seven decades and they are “just a futile exercise and will yield nothing except consuming the time of media channels”.

Reiterating his stand, Geelani said, “unless India accepts the disputed nature of Jammu and Kashmir and starts demilitarization, peace in and around this region is a distant dream.”

“India with its might and power can have the silence of graveyard here but it will never ever succeed to wipe away the freedom sentiment from us,” he asserted.

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