SRINAGAR: Terming the statement of Indian Minister of State for External Affairs about pro-freedom leaders’ meeting with Pakistan as “ridiculous”, Hurriyat Conference on Tuesday said they didn’t seek permission from New Delhi.
The MoS V K Singh on Monday said the government of India has no objection if the pro-freedom leaders meet Pakistan’s High Commissioner.
In a statement issued here, Hurriyat (G) said the pro-freedom leaders were meeting the Pakistan officials in the past and will continue to do so.
“Pakistan is not only an important party to the Kashmir dispute, but this country also supports the right to self determination of the Kashmiri people. No power in the world can break these relations of the Kashmiris with Pakistan,” it said.
Rejecting the remarks of Singh, the conglomerate said India has been “holding Kashmir on gun point and with the help of its military might”.
The people of Kashmir, it said, have never accepted this “forced marriage”.
“There is nothing in the statement of Singh that can be praised or welcomed,” Hurriyat (G) said.
“Kashmir dispute is a ‘Himalayan reality’. There are three parties to this dispute and Kashmiris were always meeting Pakistani representatives since the plebiscite movement,” it said.
The conglomerate said the BJP, in August 2014, called off the Indo-Pak foreign secretary meeting on the grounds that Hurriyat leaders were also invited by Pakistan.
That decision was based on “fanatic politics” and “political immaturity”, it said, adding that there was no room for such thinking in the practical world.
“BJP government faced humiliation for its policies and it was necessary for them to change it,” it said.
Hurriyat Conference (G) sought to remind Singh that Kashmir is not any border dispute between India and Pakistan that could be solved by just talking to each other.