Geelani welcomes OIC’s statement, but asks for more

Geelani welcomes OIC’s statement, but asks for more

SRINAGAR: Welcoming the OIC secretary general’s statement regarding the situation in Kashmir, Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman, Syed Ali Geelani, on Sunday said the organisation has “rightly acknowledged” the “universally-accepted fact” about the “disputed nature” of Jammu and Kashmir.
He, however, said that only resolutions and press briefings can’t “sooth our wounds”.
“Our daily bloodshed and merciless killings by Indian armed forces for the last seven decades, particularly for the last 45 days during which the whole population has been besieged and people tortured with all their might, demands concrete steps to pressurise India to stop these heinous crimes against us,” he said in a statement issued here.
While affirming OIC’s observation that present movement in the Jammu and Kashmir is heading towards the plebiscite, Geelani said. “Our stand has always been that people of whole Jammu and Kashmir that existed in 1947 should be given the choice to decide about their future and the decision will be acceptable to all.”
The OIC, he said, should have been “dipping deep” into the problems and issues faced by Muslim world and come to the rescue of suffering people.
“Unfortunately, the past experience with OIC has not been so encouraging,” he said.
Meanwhile, Geelani said that the journalistic fraternity of Kashmir has been going through a tough time to narrate the daily happenings in the region.
Under their professional obligation, the journalists can’t isolate themselves by not reporting the scenario of Kashmir, he said.
He said every professional in the society needs to contribute to the ‘movement’ in Kashmir.
He expressed anguish over the media organisations not publishing pro-freedom leadership’s “poster appeal” addresses to legislators.
“They usually publish material like this from government and business fraternity, but one wonders that which hidden hands prevented them to do so and deprived them from their finances as will. We reserve the right to ask our newspaper owners to come clear in this regard,” he said.

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