Ansari’s ‘Azadi No Solution To Kashmir’ Remark Condemned

Ansari’s ‘Azadi No Solution To Kashmir’ Remark Condemned

10 January 2013
Rising Kashmir
Towseef Ahmad

Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference (M) executive member Abbas Ansari who heads Itehad-ul-Muslimeen group Thursday came under scathing attack of various pro-freedom groups of the Valley for his ‘Azadi no solution to Kashmir dispute’ remark. Ansari who heads the Itehad-ul-Muslimeen, a constituent of the Hurriyat Conference (M), recently told New Delhi based Tehelka magazine that “options of Azadi, Pakistan, or India are not solutions to Kashmir dispute anymore”. “There should be some unique solution. I don’t think Azadi is a solution. Neither is Pakistan or India,” Ansari told Tehelka. Coming down heavily on Ansari, Hurriyat Conference (G) Chairman Syed Ali Geelani said these statements were “unfortunate” and “highly condemnable”. “These statements should not have come from a Hurriyat member. It is in clear violation of the Hurriyat constitution, which states in clear terms that the solution to Kashmir issue lies in the implementation of UN resolutions or through tripartite talks when India accepts Kashmir as a dispute,” Geelani told Rising Kashmir over phone from New Delhi. “By issuing these statements these people are harming the Kashmir cause. On one hand they are the members of Hurriyat but on the other hand they are justifying the illegal occupation of India.” Geelani said if Azadi was not a solution then what were the people of the Valley fighting for all these years. “They have been fighting for their birth right of freedom and offered lakhs of sacrifices,” the octogenarian leader said. About Ansari’s comment that Musharaff’s four-point formula could be a solution to Kashmir issue, Geelani said that four-point formula is not acceptable to the people of the Valley. Ansari had said that former Pakistan President Parvez Musharaff’s four-point formula could be the solution to the dispute. “The four-point formula is nothing more than status quo. These people want the coming generation to live under India but I will fight against this all the time. I do not want the coming generations to live under the chains of slavery,” Geelani said. Criticizing Ansari’s statement, chairman of a constituent of Hurriyat (M) National Front, Nayeem Khan said status quo is not a solution to Kashmir issue. “The constitution of Hurriyat clearly says that there is no solution to Kashmir issue other than UN resolutions or tripartite talks. There is no other option for Kashmir resolution. Kashmiris have been fighting Indian since 1947. They have been fighting for freedom,” Khan said. Joining the chorus, Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) Chairman Shabir Shah said these statements were the personal views of Ansari and were in violation of the Hurriyat’s constitution. “Our constitution is clear and Abbas Ansari’s statement is a violation of the constitution of the Hurriyat Conference. Whatever he has said are his personal views and not of the Hurriyat,” Shah said.