Geelani denounces Rajnath’s ‘provocative’ statements

Geelani denounces Rajnath’s ‘provocative’ statements
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Urges UN, world community to take notice

SRINAGAR: Chairman Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Geelani on Monday criticised home minister Rajnath Singh for his statements on Kashmir issue and Pakistan, saying New Delhi’s “narratives” reflect “negative and egoistic approach”.
“They are following their bigoted dogma and as such creating war euphoria in the region,” Geelani said in a statement. “No sane person can say like this.
Geelani was referring to Rajnath’s statement that government has directed forces to “shoot limitless bullets to retaliate a single fire on our territory by the Pakistani forces”.
“Such rhetoric and senseless statements instead of solving issues will multiply the problems and any flare-up can lead to a full-fledged nuclear war between two countries,” Geelani said. “This will only add fuel to fire. Indian leaders should shun their stubborn attitude and accept the ground reality.”
Hurriyat chairman said Kashmir issue is serious and cannot be resolved through rhetoric or provocative statements.
“Despite India utilising all its resources and military might for the last 70 years, the (Kashmir) issue is there and not an iota of change seems (to have happened) on the ground. Instead we are counting and carrying the dead bodies on both sides of borders and with each passing day, the situation turns from bad to worse.”
“Even (Rajnath) Singh is aware of this fact that continuous bloodshed on both sides has created catastrophe,” he added.
Geelani said threats by Indian leadership “won’t force us into submission”. “No matter how much pressure Delhi builds on us, we will never surrender. We are committed with our mission.”
“The valiant people of Kashmir have proved time and again that no amount of incarcerations and torture could dissuade them from pursuing their legitimate and inalienable right to self-determination,” he said.
Geelani appealed to UN Secretary General to “take notice of the provocative statement of Indian home minister, use influence to halt the bloodshed in the Indian occupied state and take steps for its resolution as per resolutions accepted in United Nation Organization”.
“We urge the international community to take cognisance of the gross and systematic violations of human rights taking place in Jammu and Kashmir and use its influence to put an end to brutal killings and strangulating the genuine voices,” the pro-freedom leader said.
Meanwhile, Geelani expressed deep grief over the demise of maternal aunt of incarcerated pro-freedom leader Shabir Ahmad Shah.
He prayed for the departed soul and extended condolence with the grieved family.