Geelani blames Pak for misfortune of Kashmiris
5 May 2007
The Daily Excelsior
Srinagar: Chairman of hard-line faction of Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Shah Geelani has held Pakistan 'indirectly responsible' for what he called the 'misfortune' of Kashmiris and accused it of stiffling their 'aspirations' at the behest of 'outside powers'. 'Pakistan Government has shown more flexibility...At the behest of outside powers, it has chosen the path of stiffling the wishes and aspirations of Kashmiris,' he told a visiting PoK leader, who called on him here last evening. Choudhary Mohammad Yaseen, senior vice- president of PoK unit of People's Party, here on a private visit, had an hour-long meeting with Geelani, Hurriyat sources said today. Pakistan was 'indirectly responsible' for the 'misfortune' of Kashmiris, Geelani said and accused it of not being able to take decisions with regard to Kashmir issue. By withdrawing its backing of 'our right of self-determination, the Pakistan Government has made its future uncertain,' he said. A spokesman of the Hurriyat said the two leaders discussed different aspects of the Kashmir issue in historic perspective.