Stressing for a meaningful tripartite dialogue to resolve Kashmir, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani on Friday said unless the people’s aspirations are respected and addressed with sincerity, talks will prove futile.
“India can resolve Kashmir issue only by respecting people’s aspirations. However, instead of responding seriously and taking sincere steps, they are relying on their military might, thereby strangulating the genuine voices,” Geelani said in a statement
Sincere measures are needed to resolve the Kashmir issue and negotiations are the only option,” he said.
Commenting on human shield row and statement of army chief Gen Bipin Rawat that individual officers are entitled to decide the tactics depending on circumstances, Geelani said: “Such statements are not expected from a commander of any disciplined force, however, it shows their colonial mindset. It testifies our claim that they treat us as enemy nation and as such are justifying coercive and suppressive measures.”
“Human shield case testifies our claim but they are portraying the incident in a distorted manner as if the situation had gone out of control, thus justifying the gruesome act of making a youth as human shield,” he said: “We have enough and sound evidence and proof that the youth was on way to his relatives and situation was quite peaceful.” “Kashmir is a political issue and it does not befit an army commander to discuss political issue,” he said.
“New Delhi has failed to crush our freedom sentiments and now feels desperate to defame and disgrace leadership and freedom movement. They are following their policies and on one hand utilizing the services of NIA and raiding residences of leadership and on the other harping on negotiations. They are not serious to resolve Kashmir issue and we won’t accept offer under the shadow of gun. It is just to cover up their wrongdoings and to mislead international community,” he said. Meanwhile, a spokesman of Hurriyat (G) condemned the continued house detention of Geelani and other resistance leaders.
“Geelani, TeH general secretary Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saifullah, Raja Meraj-u-Din, Muhammad Ashraf Laya and Umar Adil Dar continue to be under house arrest and Syed Ali Geelani was again barred from offering Friday prayers even in the month of Ramadhan,” the spokesman said. The spokesman condemned these ‘arbitrary’ measures, terming the “illogical and unjustified” restrictions as “state sponsored terrorism