SRINAGAR: Terming the statement of the Indian foreign minister Sushma Swaraj as “the arrogance of power”, chairman Hurriyat Conference (G), Syed Ali Geelani, on Sunday said that it is a “very old rhetoric based on the military power.
“If she is true in her claims, why is India afraid of holding referendum in Jammu & Kashmir? Why are their paid local agents hiding behind the more than 10 lakh armed forces?” he asked in a statement issued here.
He reiterated that Kashmir is a disputed territory and Kashmiri people have been struggling against the “Indian forced occupation” since 1947.
“This fact is known to everybody, but the Indian rulers are scared to face this truth and they have become habitual of ignoring the ground realities and facts with regarding to the Kashmir,” he said.
The veteran resistance leader advised the policymakers and the rulers of India to see the writing on the wall, stating, “The facts never change just by closing the eyes or ignoring the facts”.
Geelani rejected any two-party dialogue process between India and Pakistan for solving the Kashmir issue. The two countries, he said, have held more than 150 rounds of talks till date but no progress has been.
“India must show seriousness and boldness in accepting the disputed nature of Kashmir and must make sincere efforts in finding out a durable solution to the Kashmir issue in accordance to the washes and aspirations of its people so that the peace is restored in the region,” he said.
Meanwhile, Geelani criticised the chief minister Mehbooba Mufti for allegedly forcing the families of the victims to meet her “on gun point” at Kupwara.
“These customary tours are done to protect the chair of power and these power-hungry people have nothing to do with the miseries of the common people,” he said, terming the fake sympathy of Mehbooba as “her political drama”.
He, however, congratulated the people of Kupwara who refused to meet “the murderers of their beloved kin”.
Commenting over the Mehbooba’s statement that “Kashmiris are being pushed towards economic and educational deprivation”, he said the real culprits of “our miserable economic condition” were the pro-Indian politicians “who, for their petty and meager benefits, had sold every asset and resources of the state at the hands of the New Delhi”.
“You are the people who are doing politics over the graveyards of the Kashmiri people,” he said, responding to the allegation made by the chief minister.