APKCC backs Geelani's stance on Kashmir
19 June 2006
The Pakistan Tribune
Birmingham: All Parties Kashmir Coordination Committee, a conglomerate of British Kashmiri parties has fully backed Syed Ali Geelani for his unwavering stance on Kashmir issue and called for bringing the popular and serious Kashmiri leadership on board to make Kashmir peace process meaningful . Through a unanimous resolution passed at a meeting chaired by Maulana Bostan Qadri Secretary General All Parties Kashmir Coordination Committee and held at Kashmir House Birmingham, the role of Syed Ali Geelani in struggle for right of self determination was eulogized . The meeting was attended by representatives of Tehreek-e-Kashmir UK, Pakistan Peoples Party Azad Kashmir, Jammat-e-Islami, UK Islamic Mission, Muslim Conference, Jamiat Ahle Hadith, and Tehreek-e-Istehkam Pakistan . 'Syed Ali Geelani is a reality and his sacrifices for liberation of Kashmir can not be wished away or ignored', the resolution said. No solution of Kashmir dispute is possible with out consent and participation of Geelani who enjoys considerable support from struggling freedom fighters and general masses of Kashmir, it added . Speaking on the occasion as Chief Guest Ghulam Muhammad Safi former Secretary General of All Parties Hurriyat Conference said India which is aggressor in Kashmir and its expansionist designs are the biggest hurdle in peaceful settlement of Kashmir issue. He said Pakistan has weakened its position by deviating from its principled stand on Kashmir and is not likely to gain anything from India on negotiating table. He said Pakistani nation and Kashmiris were expecting that Pakistan will get Kashmir liberated from aggressor but the stance taken by Pakistani rulers over Kashmir issue is neither in the interest of Pakistan nor reflects aspirations of Kashmiri people. The solution to the Kashmir dispute lies in the implementation of the UN resolutions, he added . He said People of Kashmir would never accept the cease fire line as international border or internal autonomy with in Indian constitution which is being projected as self rule. Speaking on the occasion, Maulana Bostan Qadri said Kashmiri parties in UK have been struggling to project Kashmir issue with unity and one voice for long time and did a lot of work in this regard under the banner of All Parties Kashmir Coordination Committee. The All Parties Kashmir Coordination Committee, he said fully supports those in occupied Kashmir who have taken principled stand on Kashmir irrespective of difficulties and unfavorable circumstances. He praised the role of veteran Kashmiri leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani and assured his all out support to him . President Tehreek-e- Kashmir UK Muhammed Ghalib said that General Pervez Musharraf's proposal of dividing Kashmir in seven regions, joint control and self rule for Kashmiri people has created difficulties for presenting Kashmir dispute as issue of self determination at international level. He said Kashmir issue has always been projected and considered as issue of Kashmiri peoples' right to self determination . He paid tributes to the people of Indian occupied Kashmir and said that they have proved that their freedom struggle could not be suppressed and that their spirit of freedom could not be crushed.