Geelani rejects Musharraf proposal on Kashmir
7 December 2006
The Daily Excelsior
Excelsior Special Correspondent
Srinagar: Pro-Pakistan but anti-Musharraf Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani has yet again gone hawkish to reject the Pakistani President's fresh slew of proposals over the embattled Jammu and Kashmir. He has outrightly dismissed Gen Pervez Musharraf's roadmap of the conflict resolution as a blatant negation of the Kashmiris' 'freedom struggle'. Addressing a news conference at the conclusion of Hurriyat (G)'s 3-day meeting over Musharraf's fresh suggestions, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, today asserted that the much- talked-about 4-point formula was acceptable neither to his faction of the separatist conglomerate nor to the people of Jammu and Kashmir. 'This is, in fact, a blatant negation of the Kashmiris' freedom struggle-and the sacrifices given for it for over 50 years', he said. On Tuesday last, Musharraf had told NDTV in an interview that Islamabad would withdraw her claim on Kashmir if New Delhi agreed over softening of the borders without redrawing the boundaries, withdrawal of troops in a phased manner, right of self- governance to the people and joint supervision. Even as almost all the mainstream political parties and their leaders, besides a number of separatist leaders like Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik, have welcomed Musharraf's fresh proposals, head of the Hurriyat's hardline faction asserted at the news conference that Kashmir's solution lay neither in the Pakistani President's proposals nor in other suggestions put forth on the premise of the Indian Constitution. 'This freedom struggle is based on certain principals. It'll continue to run with or without Pakistan, with or without Musharraf. It's an indigenous movement and we don't take a dictation from anybody to choose its course', Geelani added'. He pointed out that even India had rejected Musharraf's suggestions though the same, according to him, were 'in tune with the Indian agenda'. 'As long as there's the Indian occupation, our struggle will continue. Our generations have given innumerable sacrifices for freedom and the posterity will persist with it. I have full confidence that one day we'll attain the freedom', Geelani said. He claimed that Musharraf was over-awed by the growing Indian might and he had completely lost confidence not only in himself but also in his nation. 'Gen Musharraf's proposals are an expression of his own imagination with support neither from the people of Pakistan nor from the Government or the Opposition', Geelani asserted. He alleged that Musharraf was throwing toys for the appeasement of the United States of America. Geelani reiterated that an atmosphere for meaningful dialogue could not be built until India accepted Jammu and Kashmir as a disputed territory, went for withdrawal of troops, revoked all 'draconian laws' and released all political prisoners. When it was pointed out to Geelani that almost all other separatist leaders had welcomed Musharraf's proposals, he said that 'certain people' were in support of the Indian occupation in Kashmir. When a journalist referred to Geelani's grouse that the Kashmiris had 'occasionally supported the traitors', the legislator-turned-separatist elaborated that the people should not have given any support to the National Conference founder Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah after Indira-Abdullah Accord of 1975.