Srinagar: Dismissing India’s claims that US president Barak Obama has agreed that Kashmir was a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan, Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani on Wednesday said that people of Kashmir were the principal party to the long-pending dispute.
He also said that whatever external affairs ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup said about the meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Obama, was “far from truth”.
Swarup on Tuesday had said that there was a broad acknowledgement between Obama and Modi that Kashmir is a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan and people were happy for India and Pakistan to resolve it among themselves.
“Kashmir is not any bilateral issue between India and Pakistan but an issue about the future of 13 million people of Kashmir, who are principal party to this dispute and are enslaved by India with the help of its military power,” Geelani said in a statement.
“Though the American president has not issued any such statement, Indian spokesman claims about the meeting are very far from the truth and justice and contrary to the historical facts of the Kashmir issue,” Geelani added.
He said that whatever India has said about the meeting is against the UN resolutions on Kashmir. “If there is any truth in whatever India has claimed about the meeting, then it is totally against the 18 resolutions passed by UNO in which the world body has advocated right to self determination for the Kashmiri people and on which India has given its consent,” he added.
He said that the world bodies including the UNO has accepted the Kashmiris’ right to self determination and has advocated for referendum in this disputed region.
“I appeal the world powers that they should address the Kashmir dispute in its real perspective and shouldn’t see it as a bilateral problem between India and Pakistan. This is a serious human issue as millions of humans of Kashmir are suffering and tension, disorder, instability and political uncertainty prevails in the entire South Asian region,” he added.
He said that both India and Pakistan were nuclear powers. “The armies of the two nations live in constant hostile atmosphere due to the lingering Kashmir issue.”