Intl Community Playing Dubious Role: Geelani

Intl Community Playing Dubious Role: Geelani

16 July 2012
Rising Kashmir


Srinagar: The rejection of any outside solution for Kashmir issue by US president Barak Obama has disappointed the separatist leaders, who have said that it smacks of double standards and world powers were pursuing the ‘politics of indifference’ towards the internationally recognized K-dispute. Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani said world community was playing a dubious and dual role in solving the Kashmir conflict. “If America can play its role in facilitating the right to self determination in East Timor and South Sudan leading to their freedom, what is stopping it from doing the same in Kashmir”. “If world powers can play a role in solving the incidental disputes, why not they are doing the same in resolving long standing Kashmir issue, which has a legal standing and historical background,” he said. Geelani said it does not mean that Kashmiris are not humans. “It means that Kashmir being a Muslim Majority region is sinful. That is why the world community is overlooking the legal documents and promises made to Kashmiris for right to self determination on UN,” he said. He stressed that Kashmir issue was not a dispute between two nations but it was an internationally recognized dispute. “If India and Pakistan would attempt to impose any solution, which is against the right to self determination, Kashmiris would oppose it tooth and nail”. Hurriyat (G) chairman claimed that there were some world powers, who do not want the final solution of the Kashmir issue. “They also don’t want a stable relationship between India and Pakistan. Kashmir acts as gateway for these powers to intervene in the region and in no case, they are going to solve this issue,” he added. Obama had yesterday rejected any solution from outside to the issue of Jammu and Kashmir. 'It is not the place of any nation, including the United States, to try to impose solutions from the outside. That said, nations must meet their responsibilities and all of us have a profound interest in a Pakistan that is stable, prosperous and democratic,” he had said while welcoming Indo-Pakistan talks. Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq while reacting to Obama’s statement said the conglomerate was not disappointed over US president’s statement. “The statement was not out of context. However, it is also true that in this whole equation, Kashmiri participation was missing and that is why India and Pakistan have been unable to find the solution,” he said. Mirwaiz said Kashmiris have always demanded international facilitation to solve the Kashmir issue rather than mediation. “We have always asked US, OIC and other international powers to facilitate India and Pakistan to find solution to the Kashmir issue. US should focus on Kashmir participation in finding the lasting solution. Due to absence of Kashmiri involvement in the whole process, no solution has been found till date,” he added”. Senior Hurriyat (M) leader and DFP chairman Shabir Shah said that US can play its role in solving the issue. “It (Kashmir) is an international dispute so it has an external dimension as well. US has played an important role after Kargil war. Being a world power and an important member of United Nations, the country should the active role in resolving the vexed Kashmir dispute”. JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik, who is currently admitted at Fortis Hospital Delhi, expressed shock over the statement of US President. Terming the statement as most unfortunate and unwisely, he said statements like these don’t help but are in a way like putting salt on the wounds of subjugated people. “This statement is actually against the stated policy of US on Kashmir. US has always been asking for a solution to this vexed issue as per wishes and aspirations of Kashmiri people,” he said. Malik said it was US and other world powers, which persuaded Kashmiris to change their struggle from violent to non violent means. “Kashmiris respected the world opinion and from 2008 changed the mode of struggle from violent to non violent means. It was the duty of US and world to respect this positive change of Kashmiris and efforts should have been taken for a speedy solution to this issue. But instead efforts are being made to push us to the non violent mode of struggle,” he said adding US and world should know that the Kashmir issue has direct bearing on the peace, prosperity and stability of the world and sub-continent. Stating that India and Pakistan cannot resolve the issue bilaterally, Malik said, it is essential that the world including New Delhi and Islamabad accept Kashmiris as the basic party to the issue and involve them in finding an everlasting solution to the issue. “In this connection, America being the super power has an important role to play. The world, especially America, should encourage India and Pakistan to address this dangerous issue on priority by demonstrating far sightedness and magnanimity,” he added.