SRINAGAR: “Courageously” highlighting the Kashmir issue, Pakistani prime minister, Mian Nawaz Sharif, has proved to be a “friend” and “well-wisher” of Kashmir, Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman, Syed Ali Geelani, said on Thursday.
In a statement issued here, Geelani said that although UN has not lived to the expectations of the “oppressed and suppressed” nation, Sharif, by reminding the body and its member countries of the “long-standing and almost-forgotten” issue of Kashmir, has once again revealed Pakistan’s stand that “unless the core issue of Kashmir is resolved as per its historical perspective and according to the wishes of Kashmir, dance of death and destruction will have no end”.
The Hurriyat chairman seconded the demand of Pakistani premier that Jammu & Kashmir state be demilitarized, as “this is the region where more than one million armed forces presence makes it the highly militarised zone in the world, leading to war crimes on a large scale”.
Geelani further said that India was using women as their “war weapon” and “even presently involved in rape and molestation” of women.
“The list of crimes committed by the Indian occupational forces is very long and it lengthens with each passing day. Killings, rapes, molestations, ransacking of buildings, arrests, humiliations and harassments are the common and much used tools, of world’s largest ‘democracy’ by which they try to muzzle our just voice,” he said.
Commenting on China’s support, Geelani said that it was very “encouraging and timely”.
“We hope both will cooperate with each other and will practically work to end the miseries of the inhabitants of this unfortunate region,” he said, while also hailing the decision of Turkey to send a fact-finding mission to Kashmir.
He thanked Turkish government for their “sincere and practical” measures to help “their brethren” out of the “political turbulence”.