Geelani to Pak: Don’t beg for talks with India

Geelani to Pak: Don’t beg for talks with India

SRINAGAR: Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman, Syed Ali Geelani has asked Pakistan not to beg for talks with India, while maintaining that India was blackmailing Pakistan over Pathankot attack.

Geelani, who along with senior leaders of the group held a two hour-long meeting with Pakistan High Commissioner, Abdul Basit, in New Delhi on Pakistan Day on Thursday, said that India was using terrorism bogey to pressurise Pakistan into surrendering its principled stand on Kashmir.
“The incidents of violence occur in both the nations but India wants to blackmail Pakistan over the Pathankot incident,” Geelani was quoted as saying in a statement of the conglomerate.
Geelani said Pakistan should send a clear message to India that the real and core issue between the two nations was Kashmir.
“Kashmiris don’t want India’s disintegration but restoration of their basic rights,” he said.
“India can’t label Kashmiris as terrorists. Our freedom struggle has nothing to do with terrorism and we strongly condemn it. Not only Pakistan, but it is the moral duty of the whole world to help Kashmiris in their struggle and pave way for free and fair referendum on Scotland pattern,” he said.
Geelani said India did not hold a good track record viz-a-viz talks as it uses them to kill time and hoodwink the world community.
Pakistan High Commissioner, Abdul Basit has assured Geelani that Pakistan will not show any flexibility on its stand on Kashmir, the statement added.
Geelani who felicitated Pakistan on its national day said that the country was only visible supporter of Kashmiri nation. “We are extremely thankful to the country for its support to our right to self-determination,” he said.
Meanwhile chairman of moderate faction of Hurriyat Conference, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has asked India and Pakistan to make dialogue a continuous and sustained affair and not a stop gap arrangement.
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who too led a delegation of Huriyat (M) leaders, had a detailed discussion with Pakistan High Commissioner, Abdul Basit.
The leaders, as per a statement, held talks with Basit on various issues including the recent Indo-Pak external affairs ministers’ meeting and the efforts for the restoration of dialogue process between the two countries.
Extending gratitude to Pakistan for supporting the just struggle of Kashmiri people, Mirwaiz said the resumption of parleys between the two countries would pave way for the resolution of all pending issue between the two neighbours.
“For a durable solution on Kashmir, there is need of involving Kashmiri leadership in any dialogue between the two countries. Putting the Kashmir issue on backburner never yielded any positive results,” he said.
Abdul Basit, the statement said, assured the conglomerate leaders that there was no change in Pakistan’s national policy on Kashmir and that the country’s leadership was united for the resolution of dispute as per the wishes and aspirations of Kashmiris.

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