SRINAGAR: Hurriyat Conference (G) has strongly reacted to the statement of Ghulam Nabi Azad, former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir.
Azad while speaking in the Parliament on Friday had said that he had “heard such (pro-freedom) slogans in Kashmir for 50 years. Kashmir is still there. I became its Chief Minister too.”
In a statement, Hurriyat (G) spokesman Ayaz Akbar said, “On one hand, Azad is accepting that Kashmiri nation does not recognise Indian forced military occupation but want freedom and on other side, his statement that ‘no power can separate Kashmir from India’ reflects the imperialistic and fascist mindset of Indian rulers and is an open expression of the country’s rigidity, stubbornness and arrogance of power.”
“Though Ghulam Nabi Azad spent his entire life as a member of the Nehru family in Delhi but he is fully aware about the ground realities and the psyche of Kashmiri people. He knows Kashmiris have been demanding freedom from India since 1947 and have never accepted its occupation,” he said.
Akbar said he (Azad) should have suggested Indian rulers to respect the views of Kashmiris and fulfill the broken promises made to them. “Instead, he brazenly spoke to appease his masters and protect his chair. He ended up representing the traditional rigid and stubborn policies of India vis-à-vis Kashmir.”
“This is an irony attached with every pro-India politician be it Farooq Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti or Ghulam Nabi Azad. All of them have sold their conscience,” Akbar said.
Meanwhile, the spokesman said that Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani’s personal secretary, Peer Saifullah on Saturday held a detailed meeting with Pakistan Deputy High Commissioner, Abdullah Nizaamani and other commission officials in New Delhi.