Geelani To Pak: Stand Up To Pressure
21 October 2004
The Times of India
Srinagar: Pro-Pakistan separatist leader and chairman of breakaway Hurriyat faction Syed Ali Shah has criticised Pakistan for abandoning its standpoint on Kashmir under US pressure and Indian diplomacy. He said pressure on Pakistan was clear from the flexibility being shown by it on the Kashmir problem, even as India was unwilling to give up its rigid stand on the issue. It seemed Pakistan had accepted India's view that the UN Security Council resolutions on Kashmir stood invalid under present circumstances. Geelani argued that if the UN resolutions on Kashmir were outdated, Kashmir's annexation to India at the hands of the Kashmiri maharaja at the time of partition was also invalid. Pakistan needed to inform the international community that it was for a just resolution of the dispute according to the wishes of Kashmiris. 'We, the Kashmiris, want Pakistan to stick to its previous stance and that it should continue its diplomatic, moral, political support to us in our struggle,' he said.