Syed Ali Geelani Blasts Pakistan For Reopening Road
21 March 2005
The Daily Times
New Delhi: The Hurriyat Conference's hardline faction led by Syed Ali Geelani lashed out at Pakistan for approving the reopening of the Srinagar- Muzaffarabad road, without political concessions from India. In a statement by the organisation's 'Shoura' (consultative body), the faction said 'Pakistan's approval amounts to rubbing salt into the wounds of Kashmiris.' The Shoura had been convened to review the organisation's performance and political developments. It observed that the road's reopening was part of a game plan to maintain the status quo. The faction's spokesman said the Shoura also ridiculed the People's Democratic Party's claim that the solution of the Kashmir issue was a priority. He said the solution was possible only by implementing UN resolutions. Referring to the geniality between India and Pakistan, the Shoura alleged that security forces were maintaining their 'reign of terror' behind the spectacle of Indo-Pak Confidence Building Measures (CBMs). The Shoura said that sports ties, exchange of visits by journalists, cultural and peace marches and exchange of visits by the Punjab chief ministers were actions 'providing the troops a license to eliminate Kashmiris'.