Geelani Says Kashmir Issue Different From Sino-Indian Dispute
18 January 2008
Srinagar: Hurriyat hardliner Syed Ali Shah Geelani today said the Kashmir issue was not a border dispute between India and Pakistan and it could not be treated along the lines of Sino-Indian border dispute. 'There is no dispute between India and Pakistan with regard to international borders. The issue between them is the divived state of Jammu and Kashmir and its 13 million people', Geelani said in a statement here. The hardline Hurriyat faction Chief was reacting to the recent statement by BJP leader L K Advani that Pakistan should draw a lesson from improving bilateral relations between India and China despite the border dispute between the two countries. Asserting that the Kashmir issue was of a different nature Geelani said, 'even if India and Pakistan want to bilaterally resolve Kashmir issue, they cannot. It is a matter of right to self determination of the people of Jammu and Kashmir which has been accepted by the international community.' Geelani, who is camping in New Delhi, said if New Delhi and Islamabad try to ignore the wishes and aspirations of people of the state in resolving Kashmir issue, it would not be acceptable.