SRINAGAR: Hurriyat Conference (G) on Saturday termed BJP leader Jitendra Singh’s remarks on Kashmir as “ridiculous” and “bereft of any historical background”.
Jitendra had on Friday said that ‘Kashmir has always been an integral part of India and will continue to do so’ and had cited an “evidence” of passing of a Parliament resolution in 1994 in this regard.
A Hurriyat (G) spokesman, in a statement issued here, reacted to BJP leader’s remarks saying, “Kashmir can neither become an integral part of India by passing resolutions in the parliament nor can the freedom sentiments of Kashmiris be suppressed this way. The disputed status of Kashmir is supported by strong legal evidence and the integral part theory Jitendra Singh has no historical background.”
Spokesman said the “one-sided” decisions have no meaning in conflict situations and “these statements can only satisfy Jitendra Singh and BJP leaders”. “No matter what Indian government says and claims on Kashmir, the real stakeholders of Kashmir issue are its people who haven’t given such mandate to anyone to decide their future,” he said.
He also termed Singh’s statement that ‘Pakistan had forcibly occupied one part of Kashmir’ as “false and incorrect”. “It is like putting blame on others. This way, India can’t justify its forced occupation in Kashmir.”
“Pakistan hasn’t occupied that part of Kashmir and has never opposed the right to self-determination of Kashmiris. Pakistan is a supporter of Kashmiris’ freedom struggle,” he said.