SRINAGAR: Hailing the statement of UN Gen Secretary Antonio Guterres in which he has stressed for a peaceful solution of Kashmir dispute through dialogue, Chairman Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Geelani on Saturday said dialogue is the only option for peaceful resolution of all issues and that war is neither an option nor a solution to Kashmir dispute.
“We appeal UN Secretary General to take impressive measures for the resolution of this long pending dispute,” Geelani said in a statement.
He said Kashmir dispute has multiplied human tragedies and due to the lingering of this issue, millions of people are facing immense hardships and a state of uncertainty and instability is looming over the whole South Asian region.
Geelani said though both India and Pakistan are bound to seek a peaceful settlement of the issue, neither is any agreement implemented nor any development observed on ground for its resolution.
He said India has a great role to play to create conducive atmosphere and they need to shun their stubborn attitude and accept ground reality with regards to Kashmir issue.
Hailing the UN chief for his “keen interest” towards the issue, the Hurriyat chairman said it is encouraging and from day first he (Guterres) is illustrating his interest towards the issue.
“I, on behalf of people of suppressed of Jammu & Kashmir, express my gratitude to Antonio Guterres for his moral support to our cause,” Geelani said and expressed hope that the Secretary General will play a positive and effective role for its peaceful settlement.
Geelani asked authorities in India and Pakistan to shun “haughty and stubborn attitude” and play a constructive role for the peaceful resolution of Kashmir.
He said war and inconsistencies cause devastation and destruction and are no options. “Both India and Pakistan are nuclear countries and any flare (up) can prove extremely detrimental.”
Appealing both countries to demonstrate restraint and wisdom, Geelani said Kashmir issue poses threat for world peace and is proving a big obstacle in peace, prosperity and development in the region.
“People in Jammu Kashmir don’t like any confrontation and are against war like situations,” Geelani said.