Gani Bhat Says Can’t Implement UN Resolution On Kashmir14 October 2010
Srinagar: Muslim Conference (MC), an important constituent of the moderate Hurriyat Conference, stirred up a hornet’s nest in separatist circles on Thursday by asserting that “implementation of the UN resolution on Kashmir is conditional to the mutual consent of India and Pakistan, which perhaps seems unlikely at this juncture”. “The UN resolution testifies that Kashmir is a dispute. Unfortunately, its implementation has been made conditional and seems unlikely at this stage. Therefore, the issue should be resolved throughnegotiations to avoid a war between the two nations,” reads a resolution adopted by MC’s executive committee presided over by president and former Hurriyat chairman Abdul Gani Bhat. MC’s stand has touched a raw nerve of hardliners, who want the UN resolution to be made the basis for any negotiation on the Kashmir issue. Hurriyat hawk Syed Ali Shah Geelani, who spearheads the current agitation in which around 110 people have died so far, has made it a starting point for any negotiation without informing the people about the conditions associated with the “non-binding resolution”. The preamble of Geelani’s five-point proposal for reviewing the agitation hinges on this resolution, because he wants the Centre to accept Kashmir as an international dispute. But MC has taken a different line. “The current movement is the only way to find a solution to the Kashmir issue. But it cannot succeed unless it is supported by meaningful negotiations,” an MC spokesman said. “Kashmir should be declared a territory of peace where the leadership in India, Pakistan and both parts of Kashmir provide guarantees for ending violence,” he said.