Hurriyat Rejects PM’s Statement, Says India Has A Faulty Vision10 August 2010
Srinagar: Both factions of the Hurriyat Conference on Tuesday rejected the prime minister Manmohan Singh's statement with regard to Kashmir, saying that it was not an economic issue but one pertaining to the destiny of over a crore people which could not be brushed under the carpet. The heads of both moderate and hardline Hurriyat factions dismissed the statement, with Syed Ali Shah Geelani saying that it did not merit attention, while Mirwaiz Umer Farooq called for practical action and “not rhetoric” if India was sincere in resolving the Kashmir issue. Talking to the KNS, the chairman of the Hurriyat (G), Syed Ali Shah Geelani described the prime minister’s statement on Kashmir as “traditional” which, he said, would not be acceptable to the people of Kashmir. “Though no one should repose any hopes in India, but still if anyone had expectations from the prime minister, they too were dashed to the ground today,’ Geelani said. “This is a fault with their vision that everyone turns his eyes away from the gravity of the situation in Kashmir,” he said. “Kashmiris do not hanker after an economic package, but the withdrawal of troops and plebiscite has been their long-standing demand which they will never forfeit,’ he said. “Kashmiris are the greatest seekers-after of peace, and articulate their demands in a peaceful manner. It is India that has thrust lakhs of troops in reply and now brought in a new force under the name of the rapid Action Force in the pretext of maintaining peace,” he said. “I had no interest in the statement of the Indian prime minister, as it does not merit attention, but those who had hopes from him are sure to have been disappointed today,” he said. The chairman of the moderate faction of the APHC, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq too described the prime minister’s statement as traditional, and said that Kashmiri youth were imbued with the same spirit and passion for freedom as those Indians who had waged a struggle against British rule. “Kashmir does not brook economic packages but is an issue of the future of over a crore people, and no sops will help resolve it,’ the Mirwaiz said. “If New Delhi is really sincere about resolving the Kashmir issue, it should implement the six-point formula advanced by us. This is not the time for rhetoric, but for practical action,’ he said.