Geelani hails Pakistan’s stand at UNGA

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Srinagar: The Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani Thursday while hailing the Pakistan’s stand taken at UN General Assembly, said that it reflects the historical facts and ground realities.
Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UN Maleeha Lodhi has said that the Kashmir issue will remain on “the UN agenda until the Kashmiri people are allowed to exercise their will, according to the agreed method prescribed by the Security Council – a plebiscite under the auspices of the United Nations”.
Geelani welcoming Lodhi’s remarks said that all member countries including India is aware about the historical evidences and aspects of Kashmir issue. “It was India that took the Kashmir issue to the United Nations and eighteen resolutions were passed in favour of right to self-determination of the people of Jammu and Kashmir,” he added.
Reacting to the remarks made by Indian ambassador at UNGA, Geelani in a statement said that “it was full of lies, deceit, arrogance and persistent denial of basic and ground realities”.
First Secretary in India’s Permanent Mission to the UN Paulomi Tripathi while reacting to Lodhi’s remarks, has said: “We reject the unwarranted reference made by one delegation to the State of Jammu and Kashmir which is an integral part of India.”
We are neither surprised “nor did we expect anything substantial to be delivered by India there. Because of the arrogant mind set, New Delhi prefers to be in denial mode since the tragedy of Kashmir was born in 1947,” Geelani said.
“Claiming to be the largest democracy with multi-cultural society and a fast growing economic hub,” the Hurriyat chairman said, “New Delhi can’t dare to accept the bare and internationally recognized issue only because they have fed their majority vote bank with this false and baseless rhetoric of ‘Atoot Ang’ for the last 71.”
Meanwhile, the Hurriyat chairman, the statement reads, while paying tributes to slain militants in Budgam encounter, said that “these youths lay their lives to end the age-old slavery and are laying heavy responsibility on our shoulders to carry their mission till its logical end”.