SRINAGAR: Chairman Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Geelani on Wednesday said the Pakistan Parliament panel’s recommendation of not supporting the armed struggle in Kashmir depicts the country’s “apologetic policy” aimed at “appeasing” India.
Terming the move as “unfair and unjustified”, Geelani said it will be a “follow-up of American policies which they (Pakistan) experienced in Afghanistan” even as he expressed hope that Pakistan “will not turn away from Kashmiris”.
“The recommendations of the Parliamentary panel of Pakistan depicts an apologetic policy which can’t but be termed as an attempt to appease India,” Geelani said in a statement issued here. “God forbid, if the Government of Pakistan acts on these recommendations and takes any action against Kashmiri youths, it will be the follow-up of the American policies which they experienced in Afghanistan. America initially projected the Afghan and Arab youths as Mujahedeen while using them against the Soviet Union. Later on, the same Mujahedeen were labelled as terrorists and were dragged to Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib prisons,” he said.
Geelani said those involved with the freedom struggle of Kashmir have nothing to do with terrorism but are struggling for ‘the just and genuine demand of the right to self-determination’. “Kashmiri youths have not opted for the armed struggle out of fun but it is India’s rigid and stubborn policy vis-à-vis Kashmir issue that gave rise to such a situation due to which precious human lives are continuously being lost in Jammu and Kashmir. The reason behind Kashmiri youths picking up guns in 1989 was also due to India’s stubborn attitude.”
The Hurriyat (G) Chairman said if the world community takes serious steps on resolving the Kashmir issue, and provides Kashmiris a chance to decide their future, “every Kashmiri, cutting across ideological barriers, will cooperate and abide by the action plan agreed upon between all parties”.
“Keys for peace in Kashmir and the entire South Asian region lie with India. If India shows sincerity and cooperates in resolving the Kashmir issue as per the wishes and aspirations of its people, every kind of disorder and disharmony prevailing in the region will end,” Geelani added.