‘Neither Kashmir nor Kashmiris belong to India’

‘Neither Kashmir nor Kashmiris belong to India’
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Geelani, Malik react to home minister, BJP Pres claims
SRINAGAR: Chairman Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Geelani and Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Muhammad Yasin Malik on Monday strongly reacted against the statements of India’s home minister Rajnath Singh, BJP president Amit Shah, and deputy chief minister Dr Nirmal Singh.
While Rajnath Singh on Sunday said that “Kashmir is ours, Kashmiris are ours and Kashmiriyat is also ours” and that the NDA government will resolve Kashmir; Amit Shah claimed that “Kashmir problem is centered around just three and a half districts of Valley”. Nirmal Singh asserted that Kashmiri youth are paid Rs 500 each for pelting stones in the Valley.
In a statement, Syed Ali Geelani said Kashmir is a serious and a burning issue and its solution is not possible through “rhetoric or provocative” statements. He said the narratives (of Indian leaders) about Jammu & Kashmir illustrates their “negative and egoistic” approach.
“Their statements and narratives can’t impress us,” said Geelani, adding, “None among them talk sense and it is very sad. They are creating war euphoria and no sensible politician will like to talk like this.”
He said while in opposition, politicians have a choice to think and say like this; however a person or party running state affairs should avoid “this type of egoism”. “You (Rajnath Singh) may raise false hopes; however you can never ignore (the) established facts about Kashmir issue.”
The Hurriyat Chairman said that the rhetoric of past Indian rulers has not changed the ground realities about the status of Kashmir issue. “With each passing day, the situation turns from bad to worse. Even Rajnath Singh is aware about this fact.
On Singh’s assertion that NDA government will find a permanent solution to Kashmir issue, Geelani said despite utilising all its resources and military might for the last seventy years, the issue is there and not an iota of change has taken place on ground. “These tactics and power options even failed to solve issue related to Russians verses Afghanistan and British against India.”
Commenting on Amit Shah’s statement, the pro-freedom leader said, “If they (New Delhi) are confident and sure about their claim, then it is best to ascertain people’s verdict and hold referendum in J&K. We will accept whatever the verdict people give,” he said.
He termed the “allegations” of Nirmal Singh as “baseless, ridiculous and far from reality”. He said the deputy CM “will be rewarded if he comes with substantial proof and evidence”.
JKLF chief Malik in a statement said, “Neither Kashmir nor Kashmiris and Kashmiryat belong to India. How can India, the coloniser, represent Kashmir?”
Malik added: “We want to ask him (Rajnath) how Kashmir, Kashmiriyat, and Kashmiris belong to them. Indian parliament and leaders like Nehru, United Nations and other forums time and again have pledged Kashmiris their right of self determination but when Kashmiris ask for fulfillment of these pledges and covenants, they are being killed, maimed, blinded, arrested, maligned, humiliated, and terrorised by the so-called biggest democracy of India. So, Kashmir does not belong to India but to Kashmiris who are its masters and heirs.”
JKLF chairman said if Kashmiris are with India then Indian leadership should feel safe in providing them the right to choose their future because “according to Rajnath Singh’s belief, then Kashmiris will vote in favor of India”.

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