Hurriyat (M) returns to UN resolutions on Kashmir

Hurriyat (M) returns to UN resolutions on Kashmir

Iqbal Kirmani

Srinagar: The UN resolutions form legal basis of Kashmir resolution, Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said Monday, in a departure from the amalgam’s recent stand on the issue.
“These resolutions are the legal basis of the freedom struggle of Kashmiris. The Kashmir dispute has reached a stage where it no longer is a problem between India and Pakistan. This dispute cannot be resolved alone by bilateral talks and there is a need for third party intervention which is the UN,” Mirwaiz said.
He made the remarks while addressing a seminar organised by his faction of the Hurriyat to mark anniversary of adoption of resolutions on Kashmir by the UN Security Council on January 5, 1949.
In the recent past, Hurriyat (M) staunchly advocated the four-point formula propounded by former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf. The proposal calls for, among other things, joint control of Kashmir by India and Pakistan. Musharraf had put forth the idea after what he called ‘leaving aside’ the UN resolutions on Kashmir.
In Kashmir, the four-point formula was seen as a major sellout by many pro-freedom groups including Syed Ali Geelani-led Hurriyat which vehemently rejected it. The formula was, however, welcomed and endorsed by some groups including Hurriyat (M), and senior leader of the amalgam, Prof Abdul Gani Bhat, triggered a controversy two years ago after he called the UN resolutions as dead and obsolete.
But Bhat, who also spoke in the seminar Monday, sought to swear by the UN resolutions on Kashmir. He said the world body was a party to the 68-year-old dispute and urged it to come forward to resolve it.
Bhat also threw a challenge to New Delhi asking it to make public the Instrument of Accession. He said the Accession was agreed upon between the Maharaja and the Indian government on certain conditions, which New Delhi has “violated”.
Earlier, Mirwaiz pitched for a grand alliance of pro-freedom parties to jointly fight “India’s onslaught.” He said the Hurriyat was also in the process of contacting political parties based in Pakistan-administered Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan to frame a unified strategy for resolution of the Kashmir dispute.
Mirwaiz said that while elections were are a “non-issue” for the Hurriyat but the way New Delhi was projecting them as an alternative to right to self-determination was unacceptable to the amalgam.
“The elections are presented as if all problems faced by people will end, that roads will open, relief will be provided and development will take place. Even if it all happens, it wouldn’t change the fact that Kashmir is a dispute that threatens peace in South Asia and relations between India and Pakistan,” Mirwaiz said. “Hurriyat can’t be isolated by such tactics.”
The Hurriyat chairman blamed political parties for playing with religious sentiments of people to gain electoral benefits. He did not name any party, though.
He said the ongoing struggle of Kashmiris was not between a ‘Hindu India versus Muslim Kashmir’. The Kashmir issue, he said, was a political, not a religious problem.
Senior Hurriyat (M) leader Javaid Mir, who also spoke on the occasion, urged “some azadi leaders” to retire if they were exhausted.

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