Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani on Thursday urged both India and Pakistan to observe restraint along the line of control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir, and avoid resorting to actions that could culminate in further loss to life and property.
In a statement issued here, Geelani termed the ongoing assault along the LoC as a “deliberate attempt of India to draw attention away from the Kashmir issue and mislead its own population about it.”
Geelani sought UN intervention in addressing the Kashmir issue, saying it is the main reason for prevailing tensions along border.
Geelani stressed upon the leadership of both the countries to exhibit political maturity, saying Pakistan has a right to defend its territory from Indian aggression. Keeping in view the loss of precious lives, he appealed both the countries to observe restraint and patience along LoC.
Geelani stated that the main cause of tension between the two countries is the pending Kashmir dispute, and “it is due to this lingering dispute that both the countries have fought wars.”
He said that the unresolved Kashmir dispute has created insecurity and instability in the entire South Asia. “UN should press India to stop human rights violations in Kashmir and stress to resolve Kashmir as per the UN resolutions,” Geelani said.
Blaming Indian leadership for their haughty and stubborn attitude, Geelani said that India instead of taking care of its starving population has started a mad race for arms and ammunitions endangering whole region, saying “war is no option, instead causes devastation and destruction as both India and Pakistan are nuclear countries. Any flare up can prove extremely detrimental.”
“India is trying to maintain status quo,” he said, and blamed New Delhi for misleading its people. Geelani said that loss of precious lives on both sides of borders is painful and heart wrenching, saying the main victims of the cross-border firing were often innocent people living along the line of divide on both sides.
Geelani stressed UN authorities to take serious notice of deteriorating situation in occupied Jammu and Kashmir and added that “delaying resolution of Kashmir issue is a basic reason for the prevailing tension between India and Pakistan. If UN helps in resolving the dispute in accordance with the wishes of its people, as per its historical perspective, it will be a great service towards saving this region from a destructive war and devastations, and will provide a peaceful atmosphere to millions of people living in sub-continent.”
Meanwhile, Geelani strongly condemned the arrest and detention of its party general secretary Ghulam Nabi Sumji, who was placed under house arrest on Monday by police station Bijbahara.