Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani Thursday ridiculed Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s special envoy Shaharyar Khan’s claim that India and Pakistan were mulling to concede “territorial concessions” at one time to resolve the Kashmir issue.
In a statement, Geelani said that Kashmiris had not given “mandate to anybody to divide Kashmir or trample their internationally-recognized right to self determination.”
Geelani said that Kashmir was not a border dispute which India and Pakistan could resolve through bilateral agreements or secret deals.
Referring to former Pakistan President and Army Chief General Parvaiz Musharraf’s “four-point formula”, Geelani said he suspected from day one that “it was a diplomatic ploy to damage our freedom struggle and those who supported it initially caused damage to freedom movement.”
“During those days, Musharraf and those who supported the four-point formula would claim that it was just the first step towards the final resolution of Kashmir issue . However, the recent statement Shaharyar Khan has made it clear that Musharraf wanted to bury the Kashmir issue,” Geelani said.
The Hurriyat leader claimed that Musharraf had several times tried to convince him about the four-point formula but he “refused to follow his diktat.”
Geelani said while Pakistan had been a “benefactor” of Kashmiris since 1947, providing “diplomatic support to our right to self determination,” he must warn the rulers of that country against any “agreement on Kashmir contrary to national policy of Pakistan and our aspirations .”
“We also need to be clear and unambiguous in our approach and anybody who supports the four- point formula or other such proposals are causing harm to the freedom movement.”
In an interview with a New Delhi-based news channel, Khan had said the Kashmir issue was close to a resolution on two occasions, once during Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s time and later during the Manmohan Singh’s government.
However, it was only during the discussion between Atal Bihari Vajpayee and General Musharraf, who was then president of Pakistan, that question of territorial concessions came up. “It did entail a barter of territory by both sides. It was known as the Chenab formula. According to it, Chenab would have been considered the border dividing the two countries. Srinagar would have remained with India, a small part of the territory West of Chenab would have come to us and similarly some of the territory with us would have gone to India, however it never came to fruitarians and nobody is now willing to acknowledge it,” he was quoted as saying.