Indo-Pak Talks, A Futile Exercise: Salahudin

Indo-Pak Talks, A Futile Exercise: Salahudin

19 July 2011
Rising Kashmir


Srinagar: Terming the ongoing dialogue between India and Pakistan as a futile exercise, United Jehad Council chief, Syed Salahudin said only tripartite dialogue on Kashmir can be fruitful. In an interview with a local news agency CNS, Salahudin said, “Dialogue on Kashmir will be fruitful only if it will be tripartite in nature. All the three parties including India, Pakistan and Kashmiris should come on table and resolve the long-pending issue.” Alleging that India was not serious in any meaningful dialogue on Kashmir, he said, “Whenever Kashmir issue resurfaces and catches international attention, India engages Pakistan in dialogue and unfortunately Pakistan succumbs and everyone knows the outcome of such futile exercise.” “It is nothing but delaying tactics on part of India.” The UJC chief said dialogue with India is unacceptable to them. “India is an occupying force so there is no question of having any sort of dialogue with them. Some part of our territory is under Pakistan as well.” Surrender Policy: Terming the surrender policy as “hoax and a big joke”, Salahudin said it is aimed to discourage the “freedom-loving youth” of Kashmir. “It is a white lie on part of Indian government that it has received 700 applications from kith and kin of those who are in Pakistan administered Kashmir.” He alleged people were forced to submit the applications. “People from Rajouri, Poonch, Kishtwar and Dharhal told me that they are being forced to submit the applications, they were threatened of dire consequences in case they did not oblige,” Salahudin claimed. Hurriyat Reunification: Stating that there was a possibility of reunification between the two factions of Hurriyat Conference, Salahudin said they should get united for the sake of “freedom-loving” people of Jammu and Kashmir. The UJC chief said leaders of both factions of Hurriyat should adhere to the 1993 constitution of the amalgam as per which Hurriyat leaders must lead people under one banner. “Syed Ali Geelani told me that no serious effort on part of Mirwaiz group was made in this direction. He (Geelani) said that some Hurriyat leaders had approached him but they lacked the will,” Salahudin said. ‘Shun Duality’: Stating that “sacrifices” and participation in elections can’t go side by side, the UJC chief said people of Kashmir must shed the “cloak of duality”. “On one hand people want secession from India and for this purpose bear the heat of Indian troops while at the same time they participate in elections. This can be termed as duality and people must shun this approach.” He asked people to detach themselves from the pro-India elements in the valley. “Some Kashmiris support India for their petty benefits and people must keep such people at arm’s length.” Political Prisoners: Condemning the detention of separatist leaders, Salahudin said hundreds of political prisoners including Hurriyat (G) General Secretary, Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai, Masrat Aalam and Asiya Andrabi have been languishing in jails. “Their health has been deteriorated and they are being deprived of proper medical facility.” He urged Bar Association and human rights organizations to come on roads and raise the issue of plight of prisoners. Need for Strategy: Salahudin said the “ongoing struggle” in Kashmir needs a proper strategy. “We have to devise a proper strategy.” Referring to an incident during last year’s summer unrest, he said, “I had once said that we can’t achieve our goal in case we force our people to remain indoors for 24 hours. Unfortunately, some vested interests manipulated my statement and burnt down my effigy.”


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