SRINAGAR: Chairman Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Geelani on Sunday hailed the Government of Pakistan’s “sincere steps” of introducing the self-determination resolution in the UN General Assembly, saying the Pak Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi has “rightly placed the issue keeping in view its historical background”.
The UN General Assembly on Thursday unanimously passed a Pakistan-sponsored resolution reaffirming that the universal realisation of the right of peoples to self-determination was a fundamental condition for the effective guarantee and observance of human rights.
Geelani in a statement said, “We are facing extreme situation (for the) past 71 years and after 39 years of strenuous efforts, Pakistan succeeded in introducing the resolution in UNGA.”
He said “the world community has turned blind eye to our agonies and miseries, and our screams and wailing go unnoticed”.
Hailing Lodhi, Geelani said all member countries including India are aware about the historical evidences and aspects of Kashmir issue. He said it was India that took the case to the UNO and eighteen resolutions on Kashmir were passed in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).
The Hurriyat chairman said Pakistan continues to support Kashmiris despite facing multiple challenges and issues. “It is encouraging and we feel delighted that world body has acknowledged and accepted the Pakistan-sponsored resolution,” he said. “It will send a good message to all subjugated nations.”
Geelani said the UNSC stands witness to the right to self-determination to Kashmiri people, but has “miserably failed” to implement the resolutions.
“While pursuing for their genuine rights and the right to self-determination, the people of (J&K) presented (sacrifices of) six lakh precious souls,” the pro-freedom leader said, adding, “Until this institution performs its duties as expected, Kashmiris will continue to suffer due to this forced occupation.”
Blaming India for its “heartless” and “haughty” approach, the Hurriyat chairman said New Delhi is using its military might to suppress the “genuine” aspirations of Kashmiris.
“If all the freedom and justice-loving countries would support the legitimate struggle of the suppressed nations, the world will turn into a real heaven and a peaceful place for all people to live,” Geelani said.
Meanwhile, Geelani paid heartfelt tributes to militant killed in Hajin encounter. “These youths lay their lives to end the age-old slavery of their nation. They are (putting) heavy responsibility on our shoulders to carry their mission (to) its logical end,” he said.
The Hurriyat chairman said New Delhi’s “insensitivity and unconcern” is the sole reason for the unabated bloodshed in Kashmir and is pushing youth to the wall. He said Kashmir is a political and human issue and, “as such, military might or coercive measures won’t solve this”.
“Our fundamental rights are being curbed and our peaceful activities denied. For this reason, youth are taking extreme steps,” Geelani said.