Map Controversy: Pieces of paper can neither change reality nor our thinking says Geelani

Map Controversy: Pieces of paper can neither change reality nor our thinking says Geelani

SRINAGAR: Commenting over the India’s ‘draft bill that imposes fine and imprisonment for not showing Kashmir as part of its map, chairman Hurriyat Conference (G), Syed Ali Geelani, on Thursday said Jammu and Kashmir is nobody’s personal property and only the people of the state are authorised to decide its future.
“Mentioning Jammu and Kashmir as a part of India on pieces of paper will not change the reality and nor can be the thinking and aspirations of Kashmiris people changed in this way,” Geelani said in a statement issued here.
He said the disputed nature of Jammu and Kashmir has been acknowledged at the international level, and India, with its Geo Special Information Regulation Bill-like “self-structured” ways, can’t change the disputed status of Kashmir.
“Kashmiris resisted the forced occupation of India in the past and they will continue their struggle against the Indian oppression.
Since 1947, he said, the government of India has been making laws and plans to justify its “illegal and forced occupation”, but these tactics failed to change the ground situation here.
The freedom sentiment of Kashmiri people has “grown stronger” with each passing day and they haven’t “surrendered before the naked oppression of India”, he said.
Geelani advised the rulers and the policymakers of India to prepare for “accepting and absorbing” the reality and truth about Kashmir instead “daydreaming”.
“The traditional policies of India regarding Kashmir had failed in every way. It is better for them to fulfill their promises and let the Kashmiris decide their future so that the money spent by India over its huge military expenditure will be used for feeding the millions of poor and shelter-less people of this country,” he said.