Cosmetic Exercises Will Not Help: Geelani

Cosmetic Exercises Will Not Help: Geelani

12 December 2012
Greater Kashmir


Srinagar: Chairman Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Geelani Wednesday said “cosmetic exercises” will not help resolve Kashmir as there can be “no short-cut solutions” for the vexed issue. In a statement issued from New Delhi, Geelani said Kashmir issue can only be resolved through sincerity by India. “We cannot expect peace and political stability in the region till India shows sincerity to resolve Kashmir. Cosmetic exercises will deliver nothing for the Kashmir issue,” he said. The Hurriyat (G) chairman said; “By ignoring genuine aspirations, sacrifices and the historical perspectives of the Kashmir issue, the outcome of any agreement would be no different than the Shimla and Tashqant pacts.” He said these agreements have failed to change the reality. “We don’t oppose or differ on dialogue process. But Indian stand on Kashmir has not changed and until they admit Kashmir as a core issue, no dialogue would bear fruit,” he said and added; “India should also accept the role of Kashmiris in resolving the issue.” Geelani said the dialogue process, going on at present (between India and Pakistan and Hurriyat (M) and Pakistan), are “not serious and the results are not expected to be fruitful.” The Hurriyat (G) chairman said that some people are misinterpreting his “stand on dialogue and term it as a rigid approach.” “The move is aimed to malign the right voice,” he said and added that “acting as stooges is contrary to doing something good for freedom movement.” “One can understand the compulsions but for the freedom movement, there can be no compromise,” he said without naming any group. Geelani said that some “wicked persons plead for different kind of politics and for them it seems hard to stand for self-determination. They now plead for flexible and submissive approach,” he said. “We do not approve any shortcut nor will we accept anything short of freedom,” he said and reiterated that there is only one roadmap for the solution of Kashmir problem which is that “India should allow the right to self determination and allow Kashmiris to live a life with dignity and honor.” “All other road maps create confusions and nothing else,” he said. He made an appeal to the people that no doubt India is a power but “our stand was genuine.” “Victory comes to the forces which adhere to their stand and show determination and steadfastness,” he added.