SRINAGAR: Chairman Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Geelani on Wednesday said they will acknowledge every positive step by Indian leadership that leads to final resolution of Kashmir issue.
“We are in dire need of peace and hence welcome all steps leading to lasting solution and stability in strife torn region,” Geelani said while addressing over phone the protest demonstration organised by UK-based Kashmiri pro-freedom groups against the arrival of Prime Minister of Indian Narendra Modi at London. The protest coincided with the Heads of State Commonwealth Summit.
In his address, Geelani impressed upon the protesters to convey the “rightful” message to Indian premier about the woeful situation people in Kashmir are facing.
“People are being brutally killed, properties razed to ground, people and leadership caged on fake allegations, youth tortured and disappeared in custody and rape is being used as a war weapon against women,” he said.
Geelani said the people of Jammu Kashmir are peace-loving and Indian leaders can play a key role by respecting their aspirations, instead of adopting “coercive” measures.
“’They should shun fanatical politics because the need of the hour is to acknowledge the ground realities of the long-pending Jammu and Kashmir dispute,” he said.
The Hurriyat chairman further said, “We are not demanding secession of any legal part of India, but our loud and clear demand is for the right to self-determination. We are peace loving nation. We never derive pleasure even if an Indian solider dies, but contrary to this, their brute forces enjoy and become jubilant whenever they kill our youth and innocent people.”
Geelani paid tributes to Kashmiris for their “exemplary valour and steadfastness against all odds”, saying, “Kashmiri people in their struggle against forced occupation are creating an unmatched history.”
Reiterating his pledge to carry forward the mission of freedom, the veteran resistance leader said Kashmir has turned into a nuclear flashpoint in the subcontinent and horrors of war will devastate the people living in the subcontinent.
“Both India and Pakistan are nuclear countries and any flare-up can prove extremely devastating,” he said, adding that Kashmir issue has multiplied human tragedies and it was because of this lingering issue that millions of people were facing immense hardships and a state of uncertainty and instability was looming over the whole South Asian region.