Negotiations are the only option: Geelani


Octogenarian Hurriyat Patriarch Syed Ali Geelani on Friday said that unless the people’s aspirations are respected and addressed with sincerity, the negotiations and talks will prove futile.

In a statement, Geelani said that India can resolve Kashmir issue only by respecting people’s aspirations; however they instead of responding seriously and taking sincere steps are relying on their military might and strangulating the genuine voices. He said sincere measures are needed to resolve the Kashmir issue and negotiations are the only option.

Reacting to Indian Army chief Bipin Rawat’s statement, Geelani, who is under house detention since 2010, said that such statements are not expected from a commander of any disciplined force, however, it illustrates their colonial mindset. “It testifies our claim that they treat us as enemy nation by justifying coercive and suppressive measures.”

“We have enough and sound evidence and proof that the said youth was on way to his relatives and situation was quite peaceful,” he said.  Geelani while blaming authorities for their deceit said that they are following Goble’s dogma and relying on fabricated stories and baseless assertions.

Terming Gen Bipin Rawat’s statement as far from reality, Geelani said that Kashmir is a political issue and it does not befit a commander to discuss political issue and blamed Indian forces for inflicting miseries and carrying genocide in a well thought out plan.

“It is ridiculous to blame peaceful civilians for prevailing situation in state. Baring a hundred or a few more youth have opted for armed resistance while as by and large all people in state are pursuing their struggle peacefully,” Geelani said.

He added: “For past seven decades, we are pursuing our struggle against occupation in a peaceful manner, and in year 2016 lakhs of people took to streets however no positive respond was accorded to their aspirations and instead they were subjected to military might. They have no logic to disprove our claim. Instead they are resorting to military might against unarmed and innocent people.”

The Hurriyat Conference (g) chairperson said that they failed to crush our freedom sentiments and now feel desperate to defame and disgrace leadership and freedom movement.

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