Zubin Mehta Concert: Text Of Geelani’s Letter To German Chancellor Angela Merkel

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In his letter to Angela Merkel, Chancellor Germany, Hurriyat hawk, Syed Ali Geelani has expressed concern that despite repeated requests and pleas, German ambassador to India has decided to go ahead with the proposed musical concert of Zubin Mehta.

“Despite the concerns expressed by Kashmiris in the media, the German Embassy decided to go ahead with the concert. We believe that this concert is being used by India to legitimize its military Occupation of our land and whitewash its shameful atrocities in Kashmir,” the text reads.

Geelani while reminding the Chancellor of Germany about the support extended by European Union over Kashmir has said that the Kashmiri people have nevertheless always been grateful for the principled support for universal human rights and a peaceful, negotiated settlement to all international disputes by the members of the European Union.  “But Kashmiris are dismayed and disappointed by the decision of the German Embassy in India to organize a concert in Kashmir conducted by Zubin Mehta as part of “broader engagements” with Kashmiri people.”

The text dispatched to German Chancellor reads that Kashmiri people had high hopes that Germany after reunification will play a meaningful and responsible role in the resolution of the Kashmir dispute for an enduring and just peace in South Asia. “But the decision of the Germany Embassy to organize this music concert against the wishes of the Kashmiri people has forced me to seek your intervention. Kashmir is a disputed territory and such an intervention undermines the efforts of Kashmir freedom fighters who have been struggling against India’s illegal military occupation since 1947.”

Geelani said that Kashmir and Kashmiri culture go back thousands of years and Kashmiris are eager for cultural exchanges and dialogue with the rest of the world. But when culture is used to whitewash human rights abuses, dilute Kashmir’s disputed status and project a false image of a wounded Kashmir to the world, it pains us that the great German people are being made complicit by India in such a blatant distortion of the truth.

“We remain convinced of Germany’s good intentions but are disappointed that the recent initiative of the German Embassyis indifferent and insensitive to the aspirations of Kashmiri people. We are also disappointed that the German Embassy in India has relied on the same security grid for the concert which has been internationally indicted for its serious human rights violations.  We hope you would immediately intervene to stop this concert as it is a very unfortunate development in relation to the future of peace in this region.”

Before concluding his text, Geelani has invited the Chancellor Germany to visit Kashmir herself and witness the sufferings of the people.

“I invite you to Kashmir to witness for yourself the oppression which Kashmiris face even in their everyday lives. Lastly, I again appeal to you as a leader of Germany and Europe to intervene in this matter.”

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