China can change discourse of Kashmir issue: Geelani

China can change discourse of Kashmir issue: Geelani

SRINAGAR: Chairman Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Geelani on Sunday said the China’s growing interest in Kashmir can change the discourse of Kashmir issue. He said that the possibility of Jammu and Kashmir becoming a battle field can’t be ruled out as the situation could take a new turn.

China recently offered to mediate in resolving Kashmir issue but the offer was rejected by India saying it will resolve the dispute bilaterally with Pakistan.

Geelani, in a statement issued by a Hurriyat spokesperson, said that Kashmir is becoming a “flashpoint” and its disputed nature is “spreading beyond limits”.

The Hurriyat chairman said that China is emerging as a major alternate power to the West. He said India and Pakistan share borders with China and any stress in Indo-Pak relations can’t be viewed neutrally by China.

Geelani said that any delay in the resolution of Kashmir issue can lead to dangerous complications as the situation in the region was becoming “more complex and explosive”.

“The lingering Kashmir issue is proving detrimental for the whole region and millions of people living in (the) region are in a state of continuous anxiety, confusion and facing uncertain situations,” he said.

Three full-fledged wars between the two countries were fought and thousands were killed and properties worth billions shattered.”

The Hurriyat chairman said that India and Pakistan were making huge investments in military expenses because of Kashmir dispute while as majority of their population lived below the poverty line and are deprived of basic amenities. He said even though both countries are nuclear powers, China’s growing interest made the situation even more complex.

Geelani said the prevailing situation demands immediate concern and consideration from both India and Pakistan. He urged both countries to “think above rhetoric and take considerable and tangible steps” for the lasting solution of Kashmir.

Meanwhile, Geelani strongly condemned the “reign of terror” unleashed by government forces in Anantnag, the “desecration” of Jamia Masjid and detention of innocent youth.

“Attacking and desecration of holy places is unbearable,” said Geelani, adding that people will resent such “mindless measures”. He demanded an immediate probe into the “gruesome” incident and exemplary punishment for those involved in the “heinous act”.

“People’s life and honour are in danger; even the religious and holy places are insecure,” Geelani said.