‘Army’s Retreat To Barracks Won’t Solve K Issue’

‘Army’s Retreat To Barracks Won’t Solve K Issue’

7 October 2012
Rising Kashmir


Srinagar: Sending army back to barracks will have no bearing on Kashmir issue, said United Jihad Council (UJC) chief, Syed Salahuddin. He also called for unity among separatist leaders to seek solution to Kashmir issue through right to self-determination. Talking to local news agency KNS, Salahuddin said, “Our stand has been that Indian army should leave Kashmir and we stick to it. The army was in barracks in 1989, what solution will come out if army goes back to barracks.” Rejecting the statement of External Affairs Minister, S M Krishna at the United Nations General Assembly where he had called Kashmir as integral part of India, UJC chairman said, “The statement is far from historical realities, ground situation and commitments of international community through 18 resolutions of United Nations on Kashmir.” Salahuddin said Indian leaders have been misleading the international community through their lies and distorted facts “and the statement is part of a campaign to distort realities of the Kashmir dispute”. Reacting to the statement where the Indian Foreign Minister had said that the people of the state have expressed their will by taking part in the elections from time to time, the UJC chief said, “Holding elections in presence of 7.5 lakh troops is a drama staged at the behest of atrocities and military might. In 1952 when elections were held and India had made a similar claim then, the United Nations had made it clear that elections are not a substitute for Right to Self Determination.” He said the statement of the Foreign Minister should be an eye opener for those who take part in mainstream politics and say that these elections are just meant to address people’s day to day issues. “Indian leaders have been exploiting these elections by misrepresenting them as expression of will by the people of the state”. The Hizb supremo said the mainstream parties should ‘stop the business of hypocrisy and vote bank politics. “They must openly declare themselves as pro-India and stop shedding crocodile tears on issues of people. As long as they keep indulging in electoral politics, the atrocious occupation of India will get strengthened. We condemn and curse on electoral process and consider it as treachery with the sacrifices offered by the nation.” On President Pranab Mukherjee’s recent statement during his Kashmir visit, he said, “India should understand we are not begging before them for anything, and in turn they are looting the natural resources of Kashmir. I want to remind him about the unfulfilled commitment with Kashmiris made by late Jawahar Lal Nehru and other leaders from time to time.” Reacting to Rahul Gandhi’s recent valley visit where he had inaugurated the Zojila Tunnel, he said such projects are not meant for welfare of people but to ensure connectivity with Ladakh region for military purposes. Expressing gratitude to Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari for ‘stating historic realities and representing Kashmiri sentiments’, the Hizb Supremo said such statements are meaningless unless Pakistan makes Kashmir the central issue. “Presence of thousands of unmarked graves and continued human rights violations make it necessary to take up the issue on priority rather than discussing trade and travel.” On Indo Pak dialogue, Salahuddin said the ongoing talks are only in the interest of India and through trade relations it (India) wants access to Pakistani Markets and Afghanistan. He also thanked the Organization of Islamic Countries for their support to Kashmir issue. “But merely issuing statements and passing resolutions is not enough. They failed to send a fact finding mission to Kashmir which affects their credibility. If India is against such missions and implementations of resolutions, they (OIC) can pressurize India through economic measures to ensure their implementation”. On going back of the army to barracks, Salahuddin said, “Our stand has been that Indian army should leave Kashmir and we stick to it. The army was in barracks in 1989, what solution will come out if army goes back to barracks.” Calling for unity and unanimity among separatist leaders on seeking solution to Kashmir through right to self-determination, he said such a scenario would have been ideal and would have given strength to the movement. “We should not create confusion on our stand. If Geelani Saheb, Mirwaiz Sahab, Yasin Sahab and Shah Sahab spoke in one voice, it would have added weight to our stand,” he said, adding statements and conferences alone cannot solve the issue of Kashmir but needs a united effort apart from militant struggle.