Geelani Calls Kashmir Issue As Creation Of Britain

Geelani Calls Kashmir Issue As Creation Of Britain

25 April 2012
SANA


Srinagar: Asserting that the resolution was more in favour of India than the people of Kashmir, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (G) Chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani has termed the Kashmir issue a creation of the Britain. Geelani, who was addressing a conference ‘Human rights and Kashmir’ organized by ‘civil liberties monitoring committee’ at Hyderabad, said the Kashmir issue was “created by British” to pitch India and Pakistan against each other. And, he said, the issue has been kept lingering to maintain “market status” of the region (South East Asia). “British wanted to pitch India and Pakistan against each other so they created Kashmir issue and the West is still interested in keeping the issue unresolved so that the goods manufactured in their industries can be sold here,” Hurriyat (G) spokesman said in a statement, quoting Geelani. He opined that India should forthwith resolve all issue with Pakistan and China “so that the interference by the west could end.” The veteran separatist, who is expected to return soon, told the gathering that the resolution of Kashmir could end the poverty and starvation in India. “Resolving Kashmir issue is more in the benefit of India than Kashmir. It (resolution) will help India overcome poverty and starvation. If the Kashmir issue is resolved the large amount of money that is used for maintenance of the military in the region can be used for development,” he was quoting as saying, citing examples of the farmers’ suicide and undeveloped regions in India. Geelani was fearless in saying that New Delhi was “lying to its people” about Kashmir. The militarization, he said, was not providing security to the people in Kashmir, but “committing immense human rights violations.” “The human rights violations are taking place endlessly. But India is misreporting to give her people a wrong perception about Kashmir,” the spokesman quoted him having said. “How can liberating Kashmir harm the Indian Muslims who are by will part of this country?” he has asked. Criticizing New Delhi for “failing to safeguard rights of minorities,” the 82-year-old separatist said that in a democracy minorities were like “test cases,” which need to be handled well for a success. “In India the rising violence is threatening the existence of the minorities. Their (minorities’) religious places too are unsafe,” he has said, asking the Indian Muslims to make use of their votes for creating an identity. “You (Muslims) shall play a constructive role in this country but at the same time efforts shall be made for highlighting your issues,” he has stated. The separatist leader, however, said the minorities in Jammu and Kashmir were safe. “But the entire state is vulnerable due to militarization,” he asserted.