Geelani Trashes Pakistan Parliamentary Panel Recommendations



Ailing Syed Ali Geelani
Syed Ali Geelani

All Parties Hurriyat Conference (g) chairperson, Syed Ali Geelani, Wednesday termed the recommendations of the Pakistani Parliamentary panel that “Pakistan should avoid encouraging the Kashmiri Mujahideen and take actions against them as unfair and unjustified”. “The groups busy in the freedom struggle of Kashmir have nothing to do with the terrorism but they are fighting for the just and genuine demand of Right to Self Determination for their nation and this factor was present in every freedom movement of the world including the freedom struggle of India,” Geelani said in a statement issued this evening.

“The Kashmiri youth have not opted for the armed struggle just out of any amusement or fun but it is the rigid and stubborn policy of India with regarding to the Kashmir issue which has given birth to this situation and due to which the precious human lives in Jammu & Kashmir are losing continuously,” he said.

The Hurriyat patriarch said that the recommendations of the Parliamentary Panel headed by member parliament Awais Ahmad Leghari depict an “apologetic policy and it can’t be named more than this that it is an attempt to appease India”. “God forbid if government of Pakistan will act on these recommendations and take any action against the Kashmiri youth, it will be the follow-up of American policies which they experienced in Afghanistan. America at first projected the Afghan and Arab youths as Mujahideen and used them against the Soviet Union and when America finished its work, the same Mujahideen of yesterday were slapped with terrorist labels and were dragged to Guantanamo and Abu Gharib jails.”

Geelani, the statement said, however, expressed hope that “Pakistan will not turn its eyes away from with the Kashmiris and they will continue to support them on political, diplomatic and moral levels”.

Advising the rulers of Pakistan that instead of taking any hasty decision, they should try to convey to world that the Kashmir struggle has nothing to do with the global terrorism, Geelani said, “Kashmir is a human, political and indigenous nature of issue and the people of this region are struggling for their birth and basic right that is Right to Self Determination.”

While referring to the history of Kashmir issue, Geelani said that Kashmiris are the peace loving people. “Kashmiris have used peaceful means to continue their freedom struggle for 40 years and with the beginning of 21st century in 2008 and 2010, the Kashmiri people came out in lakhs on roads to show their inner and tried to attract the attention of the international community towards their sufferings. However, the middle phase of the freedom struggle of Kashmir which begun after 1989 and in which the youth of Kashmir picked up gun, happened only due to the rigid and stubborn approach of Indian government. India never recognized the peaceful struggle of the Kashmiri people and always used its military might to suppress this struggle. Thousands of innocent Kashmiris have been killed just for demanding the fulfilment of those promises which India had made with the people of Kashmir on national and international levels and of which its leadership later backtracked.”

“If the world community will take serious steps in resolving the Kashmir issue and will provide Kashmiris a chance to decide their future, every Kashmiri whether he is individual or group, political or armed, everybody will cooperate in every respect in that peaceful process and will not violate the action plan which will be agreed upon between India, Pakistan, world community and the Kashmiris,” he said, “the most desirous and most needful to see the peace and prosperity in the region are the Kashmiris itself. They are the worst hit of this instability and uncertainties which is prevailing in this region due to the lingering of Kashmir issue.”

Geelani further said that the keys for peace in the Kashmir and the entire South Asian region lie with India and if they wish, no hindrance will occur in any kind of peace process. “If India will show any kind of sincerity and cooperate in resolving the Kashmir issue in and accordance to the wishes and aspirations of the Kashmiri people, then every kind of disorder and disharmony prevailing in the region will definitely end.”


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