SRINAGAR: Pro-freedom leaders on Friday said that the Indian claim at UN that Kashmir was an integral part was nothing but a “lie”.
Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman, Syed Ali Geelani said that that the response of the Indian First Secretary to the UN, Abhishek Singh, was a “Himalayan lie and it has no relation with the reality”.
He said that the Indian First Secretary used “imperialistic language at the UNO where he termed the elections held in Jammu & Kashmir as referendum of Kashmiris in favour of India”.
“The election drama held in the presence of the 8.5 lakh occupational forces can never substitute a free and impartial plebiscite in Kashmir and nor can this process be acceptable to anyone,” Geelani said in a statement.
He said that Jammu & Kashmir has “never been any part of India and nor is it today”. “This country is holding this land merely with the help of its military might,” he said.
The veteran leader said that the majority population of Kashmir has continuously opposed “this forced occupation from the day one and they can never even think of remaining with India”.
“India is claiming to be a democratic country and it also claims that, by taking part in the elections, Kashmiris are posing their trust with India. Then this country should have no problem in holding free and fair referendum in Kashmir so that this dispute will finish once for all,” he said.
Geelani said that the Kashmir stand of the Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UN Maleeha Lodhi was “historical and realistic”.
“The stand which the Pakistan’s envoy presented in the UNO is based on historical facts and that history is not only known to the whole world but it is also formally taught in the Indian schools and colleges,” he said.
“United Nations Security Council has guaranteed right to self determination for the people of Kashmir but this international institution has so far failed in doing that,” he added.
Meanwhile, Democratic Freedom Party chairman Shabir Ahmad Shah, while rejecting the statement of Indian First Secretary, said India always exhibited “unrealistic” approach with regard to Kashmir dispute.
“By continuing with such unrealistic approach vis-à-vis Kashmir issue, India always proved as a stumbling block to initiatives aimed at ensuring peace in the south Asia,” Shah said in a statement.
He hailed the statement of Pakistan ambassador saying it was “based on truth and reality”.