Srinagar: Senior pro-freedom leader and Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani on Tuesday took a dig on a recently floated UK-based group that sought resolution of Kashmir through alternate explorations. Geelani in a statement said that people in Kashmir who are actively involved in the “struggle” have the exclusive right to “take any initiative or explore other means”.
Referring to a group “Kashmir Voice International’’ established in UK and raising doubts about its credibility Geelani said that UN resolutions form the basis for “our freedom struggle and guarantee the plebiscite right for oppressed and suppressed Kashmiri people.”
“Kashmir issue is simply an issue for right to self-determination and this right lists at top in all other recognized human values,” Geelani said and added that some people while dealing with this issue are creating confusion and unnecessarily making it complicated and ambiguous.
He said the people striving for Kashmir cause and laying precious sacrifices don’t like all this and won’t support any such move. Blaming India for their stubborn and egoistic attitude, Syed Ali Geelani said they are creating impediments and hurdles in its peaceful resolutions. “India has backtracked from its commitment and with its military might is suppressing and strangulating the genuine voices in the state,” he said. Geelani described it “ridiculous” that KVI has asked the people of state to demonstrate flexibility rather than asking India for it. “It is more astonishing to pursue other options instead of UN resolutions,” he said and added that Kashmiris were able to plead their case at international forums and have capacity to prove their mettle when it is required.
Last week a group of Kashmiri diaspora had set up KVI to pursue “Kashmir cause” in the UK.
In another statement, Geelani said that India has no right to celebrate its Republic day as “they have occupied state with its military might and its presence has tormented all ethics.”