Srinagar: Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (G), Syed Ali Geelani, said on Thursday that the pro-freedom leadership is not opposed to dialogue with India, but past experience makes it averse to accepting New Delhi’s offers.
“In principle, we were never against talks, as we believe that even after deadly conflicts and destructive wars things are settled through dialogue only. But given the long and deceptive nature of the talks on Kashmir, we have witnessed this exercise going on more than 150 times without yielding any results,” he said in a statement issued here.
Geelani blamed “unrealistic and arrogant” attitude of India for the failure of negotiations held on Kashmir.
“We are fighting for our basic right, for the past seven decades and whenever the struggle gains momentum and threatens the very existence of Indian occupation here, they use these gimmicks to diffuse the momentum,” he said.
“To create confusion and derail the current uprising, conspiracies of sending multiple delegations have crept in, as if we are in a big zoo and these people are coming in groups to see us and take our pictures,” he said.
He maintained: “If India accepts the disputed nature of Jammu and Kashmir and starts demilitarisation, setting a platform for the permanent and peaceful resolution of this age-old conflict, we, as the representatives of this oppressed nation, will welcome any and every move forward in this regard.”
However, he said, the pro-freedom leaders cannot “demonise the sanctity of this grave issue” by participating in a “photo session or for a cup of tea”.
Addressing New Delhi, he said, “Those offering laptops and talking of moons and stars for us should concentrate and work for uplifting the own downtrodden people as we don’t need any such help from them.”
“In case you really have a human heart which is devoid of any prejudice and hatred, you should allow us to decide our future and earn name and fame in human history.
“Otherwise, you continue to kill, threaten, molest, rape, harass, maim and destroy us. We will bear it all and we believe that you will not only be tired but ashamed of your own deeds,” he said.
Geelani also condemned the police raid on the Jam’aat headquarters at Batamaloo and the arrest of its functionaries. He termed it as an undemocratic, uncivilised, and immoral action by the local administration at the behest of Delhi.