Geelani seeks ‘insaniyat, Kashmiriyat, jamhooriyat’ to resolve Kashmir issue

Hurriyat (G) leader Syed Ali Geelani has sought “insaniyat”, Kashmiriyat” and “jamhooriyat” to resolve the Kashmir dispute.

“We want India to exhibit insaniyat (humanity), Kashmiriyat (composite secular, eclectic Kashmiri culture) and jamhooriyat (democracy). Nothing else,” the ailing octogenarian Hurriyat Chairman said, talking to his supporters in a videographed address from a hospital here.

The nearly 2.30-minute video clip, recorded apparently on Sunday, comes amid the NIA raids on Kashmiri separatist leaders.

 In the video available of social networking sites, Geelani said India needed to keep its promise of giving Kashmiris their right to self-determination to chose their future.

“We are not demanding that India should part away with its legitimate territory. We want India to progress, develop and be free. But they should not say no to the basic right of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

“India is the largest democracy in the world but as far as rights of Kashmiris are concerned it is not following its democratic norms,” he said.

The ailing separatist leader was recently taken to the Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences in Srinagar where he last week underwent a colonoscopy to remove a cyst found from his stomach.

 Geelani had been admitted to the hospital after his heamoglobin count showed reduction continuously in the last six months. Doctors at the institute say he is stable now.


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