Geelani hails Pakistan FM’s speech at UN

Geelani hails Pakistan FM’s speech at UN
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‘Non-resolution of Kashmir issue is a bone of contention between two countries’

Srinagar: The Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani Sunday hailed the speech of Pakistan Foreign minister — Mehmood Qureshi at UN General Assembly that the unresolved Kashmir dispute remains a blot on the conscience of humanity, saying he (Qureshi) has proved to be a friend and a well-wisher of Kashmir.
Qureshi, while addressing the General debate on Saturday, has said that unresolved dispute is impacting achieving a durable peace between India and Pakistan.
“Qureshi has once again reiterated Pakistan’s stand that unless the core issue of Kashmir is resolved as per its historical perspective and according to the wishes of Kashmir, ‘dance of death and destruction will have no end’,” Geelani said in a statement.
Reacting to the UNGA speech by Indian Foreign minister Sushma Swaraj, Geelani said that “it was full of lies, deceit, arrogance and persistent denial of basic and ground realities”.
The Hurriyat chairman said New Delhi has not only once again rubbed salt on our wounds, “but has put a big question mark on the authenticity and effectiveness of this world forum whose relevance and authority has already faded from past few decades”.
On the Indo-Pak tension, the pro-freedom leader said that non-resolution of Kashmir is “a bone of contention” between the two nuclear powers and if UN fails to play its role in solving this issue, “not only Indo-Pak subcontinent but global peace and stability is under severe threat”.
Geelani urged the need for a peaceful settlement of Kashmir issue, and said: “the coercive measures like killings and detentions will yield nothing”.