Srinagar: Rejecting the Indian home minister’s repeated Pakistan bashing, Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani said on Thursday that India has never accepted the existence of Pakistan and has always blamed it for the uprising in Kashmir. He said that from Day One of Pakistan’s birth, India has been trying its best to destabilise it, and it was India’s conspiracy and military invasion that give birth to Bangladesh in 1971.
Geelani said that India’s imperialistic mindset does not want to listen to the call for azadi that is thundering in the streets of Jammu and Kashmir. He said that Kashmir is a globally recognised international dispute with India signatory to it. Along with India, Pakistan, too, has a basic and important stake and has every right to intervene.
Commenting on the old bogey of the Sangh parivar that talking about Kashmir means talking about PoK, Geelani said that such unrealistic utterances have no takers even in India itself.
Geelani said that every street in Jammu and Kashmir is flooded with people who have not come from Pakistan. More than six lakh people since 1947 have sacrificed their lives and almost all of them belong to Jammu and Kashmir. To misguide and deceive your own people (Indians) instead of acknowledging facts, you (India) are always blaming Pakistan because your dirty politics thrives on Pakistan bashing, Geelani said.
Terming the recent discussion in Parliament as a drama, Geelani said that such political gimmicks by India have been going on for the past seven decades. They are just a futile exercise and will yield nothing except consuming the time of media channels, he said.
Geelani said that unless India accepts the disputed nature of Jammu and Kashmir and starts demilitarisation, peace in and around the region will remain a distant dream.
On the arrest spree throughout the state, Geelani said that more than 70 people mostly from south Kashmir have been slapped with PSA. Such undemocratic and uncivilised tactics, he said, have been used by India and the state government for the past many decades. They could not deter us from our goal in the past and nor can they do so now, he said.
Commenting on reports that a secretary of the Technical Board, Mehmood Ahmad Khan, is forcing polytechnic students to attend classes and appear in examinations, Geelani said that it was a pity as the bureaucrat hailed from the same locality (Tral) as Burhan. Geelani advised Khan to not isolate himself from the people as they were asking for his azadi as well.