SRINAGAR: Stressing a meaningful tripartite talks was the only way to resolve the Kashmir issue, Chairman Hurriyat Conference (G), Syed Ali Geelani, on Friday said that unless the people’s aspirations are addressed with sincerity, no other measures will prove of any avail.
In a statement issued here on Friday, Geelani said that India can resolve Kashmir issue only by respecting people’s aspirations. He said Delhi, instead of responding seriously and taking sincere steps, is relying on its military might and strangulating genuine voices.
Gelani said negotiations coupled with sincere measures are the only option to resolve the Kashmir issue.
Commenting on the human shield row, and statement of Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat, the Hurriyat (G) chairman said such statements are not expected from a commander of any disciplined force.
“It illustrates their colonial mindset and testifies our claim that they treat us as enemy nation and justify the coercive and suppressive measures,” he said in the statement.
In an interview after the human shield row, Rawat said that “individual officers are entitled to decide the tactic depending on circumstances”.
Reacting to Rawat’s statement, Geelani said that Kashmir is a political issue and it does not befit a commander to discuss the same. He accused Indian forces of inflicting miseries and carrying out genocide in a well-thought-out plan.
“It is ridiculous to blame peaceful civilians for prevailing situation in state. A hundred or more youth have opted for armed resistance while as, by and large, all people in the state are pursuing their struggle peacefully,” he said.
Geelani said for the last seven decades, people of Jammu and Kashmir were pursuing their struggle against occupation in a peaceful manner. In 2016, he said, hundreds of thousands of people took to streets but no positive response was accorded to their aspirations. Instead, he said, they were subjected to military might.
The Hurriyat (G) chairman said New Delhi has “failed to crush our freedom sentiments and now feels desperate to defame and disgrace the leadership and freedom movement”.
“They are not serious to resolve Kashmir issue and we won’t accept offer under the shadow of gun. It is just to cover up their wrongdoings and to mislead the international community,” Geelani said.