SRINAGAR: Veteran pro-freedom leader Syed Ali Geelani on Wednesday said that cancellation of NSA-level talks between India and Pakistan has proved a ‘blessing in disguise’ for Kashmir.
The chairman of Hurriyat Conference (G) also terming the statement of Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif, in which he had termed “Kashmiris as basic party” instead of third party to the dispute, as very encouraging.
Geelani appealed the rulers of Pakistan to maintain the consistency and firmness over their “recently adopted stand” with regard to the Kashmir issue.
“The case of the Kashmiri nation is very strong and if Pakistan will continue to pursue this case strongly in future, then it will be impossible for India to continue their rigid stand over this issue and they will have to accept the ground realities,” Geelani said.
“The cancellation of the NSA-level talks has proven as ‘blessing in disguise’ for us and this time the whole world have come to know that Kashmir is not any Siachin or Sir-Creek like border dispute between India and Pakistan but it is about the future of 13 million people living in this region. They too have their wishes and aspirations which are yet to be fulfilled due to the rigid and stubborn approach of India,” he said.
Geelani also appealed the world bodies including America to accept the reality that the Kashmir issue can’t be settled through Indo-Pak bi-partite level talks.
He said that there have been 150 rounds of talks between Indian and Pakistan during last 68 years but non-inclusion of Kashmiris into these dialogues has rendered these talks meaningless.
“They have not progressed an inch towards the resolution of this long pending dispute,” he said.
While commenting over the Tashkant and Shimla agreements,the Hurriyat(G) chairman said that these agreements completely failed in resolving the Kashmir problem because these were two party level agreements and Kashmir nation was not consulted in these accords.
Geelani said that the Kashmir issue can’t be resolved through any type of shortcut.
“The simple and transparent solution to the Kashmir dispute is that the people of this region should be given their chance to decide their future and their decision should be respected,” he said.
Geelani said that India was claiming to be the largest democracy in the world and accordingly it should address the Kashmir issue through democratic ways instead of “using its military might.”
He said that if referendum can be held in East Timor, East Sudan and Scotland, then why it can’t be held in Kashmir.
“This process is a simple, practical and an ideal solution for the Kashmir dispute too that the UN resolutions should be implemented in this region and the promises made with the people should be fulfilled,” he said.
The pro-freedom leader said that the stand which Pakistan adopted on the occasion of the recently scheduled NSA-level talks was very encouraging for the people of Jammu & Kashmir and this policy should be followed strictly in the future.
“Its result will be that the India will not only be forced to shun its rigid and stubborn stand but she will be held answerable for that and in one way or other she has to accept the ‘Haqeeqat-e-Kashmir’ (Reality of Kashmir),” he said.
Geelani thanked the Pakistan government, Army and the people of Pakistan for showing united face on the Kashmir issue and for taking bold decisions in this regard.
“It has generated a new hope among the Kashmiris and it has added new life to their resolve for freedom from Indian forced occupation,” Geelani said.