SRINAGAR: Strongly reacting against the statement of Indian minister Ram Vilas Paswan that Jammu Kashmir is an integral part of India, the Hurriyat Conference (G) on Sunday termed it unrealistic and obsolete.
In a statement issued here, Hurriyat (G) general secretary Shabir Ahmad Shah said Jammu Kashmir was never an integral part of India. “Paswan’s remarks are far from reality and contrary to the stand of the international community which has acknowledged Kashmir as a dispute,” he said.
Shah, who is also the chairman of Democratic Freedom Party (DFP), said J&K is not like any other state of India but is a disputed territory which is present in the UN agenda and supported with 18 resolutions at the Security Council. “By resorting to the rhetoric of ‘integral part’, India cannot change the reality. Indian leaders make such irresponsible remarks just to show their country’s hegemony in the subcontinent,” he said.
Rejecting the dialogue under the ambit of Indian constitution, Shah said such suggestion is put only by those who are bereft of any historical knowledge or are deliberately trying to distort the facts.
“Ram Vilas Paswan must read the history of Jammu Kashmir and go through the promises made by Indian leaders regarding the Kashmir dispute in the United Nations,” he said.
“We once again make it clear to India that there is no question of holding talks within the Constitution of India. Only possibility is to resolve the issue as per UN resolutions or through the tripartite talks for which we will continue our struggle. The Hurriyat leadership and the people of Jammu Kashmir have pledged not to accept the Indian supremacy but to continue the struggle for freedom from Indian illegal and forcible occupation,” Shah said.
In a statement issued here, a spokesman of the conglomerate, Ayaz Akbar, termed Paswan’s remarks as traditional and unrealistic. “This ‘integral part’ theory of India has become obsolete now,” he said.
“Kashmiri nation can understand the compulsions of Ram Vilas Paswan. As BJP is very kind to him and has given him a ministerial berth. So in this perspective he has to show some respect to the fanatic thinking of his communal friends otherwise he himself knows that Kashmir is not a legal part of India,” he said.
Akbar said every Indian politician knows that India is holding Kashmir through military might and that Kashmiri people have never accepted India’s forcible occupation but are actively resisting its military occupation for which they have sacrificed lakhs of lives.
Akbar also termed the BJP minister’s statement regarding his meeting with Syed Ali Geelani few years ago as a “blatant lie”. “In the said meeting Geelani Sahib explained in detail the causes and reasons for the creation of Kashmir dispute and its historical perspective. Paswan Sahib couldn’t disagree any of his word; even he expressed sympathy with the Kashmiri nation that time,” he said.