Indo-Pak Thaw: ‘Pakistan Behaving Like a Supressed Nation,’ says Geelani’s Deputy

Riyaz Ul Khaliq


Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai
Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai

Alerting people not to expect anything from recently started dialogue between India and Pakistan, senior Hurriyat leader, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, Tuesday said that Pakistan was behaving like “a supressed nation”.

Sehrai, who is life time associate of All Parties Hurriyat Conference (g) chairperson, Syed Ali Geelani, is Secretary General of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat (TeH). TeH was formed in 2004 under an agreement between Geelani, Sehrai and Jama’at-e-Islami which happens to be parent organization of duo Islamist leaders of Kashmir. TeH is a constituent of All Parties Hurriyat Conference (g).

Speaking in a seminar to mark 05 January 1949 UN Resolutions on Kashmir at Hurriyat Conference (g) headquarters at Hyderpora, Sehrai said, “it was Zulfikar Ali Bhutto led Pakistan’s joining of the United States block that Russia started suing veto against Kashmir in United Nation. Till then, veto was not used against Kashmir.”

All Parties Hurriyat Conference (g) seminar to mark 05 January 1949 Resolutions on Kashmir held at Hyderpora here.
All Parties Hurriyat Conference (g) seminar to mark 05 January 1949 Resolutions on Kashmir held at Hyderpora here.

Criticizing Pakistan for its “low posturing” in engagement with India, Sehrai said, “Pakistan seems a weak nation. They are talking in a manner as if a suppressed nation is engaging with India.”

Saying that India was “hungry of land of Kashmir”, Sehrai asked leadership of Pakistan to “stand and talk at equal levels”. “They seem to be under pressure and such parleys will never succeed in which balance of power is not maintained,” he said, “only such diplomatic endeavours are result oriented which have equal partners and in India-Pakistan case, it seems Pakistan is weak.”

Asserting that the “dialogue process” is a “time consuming tactic”, he said, “it is only Kashmiris who are being supressed and exploited, however, they are talking. We must not waste our sacrifices for such parleys.”

“Had anything changed in past due to the bilateral engagement of India and Pakistan, it was a different thing but while they talk status quo is maintained in here. Killings, arrests, detentions, torture, pellet injuries continue,” he added.

Asking people not to lose hope, Sehrai asserted, “India is an arrogant Hindu Rashtra which can never thing of good will about Muslims. They can never tolerate a successful Muslim nation.”

In his comments on Indo-Pak dialogue, Hurriyat patriarch Syed Ali Geelani said, “over 150 rounds of such talks have been held in last 67 years and nothing have emerged out of it and we have no expectations from the recent developments in India and Pakistan engagements. “Instead, we must strengthen unity in our lines. We should be hopeful that we shall get Azaadi from Indian occupation.”


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