Unity Not A Pre-condition For Kashmir Resolution, Geelani

Unity Not A Pre-condition For Kashmir Resolution, Geelani

18 May 2013
Kashmir Watch


Srinagar: Stating that unity among the separatist leaders was not a pre-condition for Kashmir resolution, Hurriyat Conference (G) Chairman Syed Ali Geelani said despite being united for ten years the separatist leadership could not change the nature of Kashmir issue ‘as every faction is fighting for resolution of the issue in its own way’. He also lashed out at Chief Minister Omar Abdullah for putting him under house arrest and claimed that the government was afraid of Hurriyat(G). “Every separatist entityis making its efforts on its level and people should understand that unification is not necessary to get Kashmir issue resolved,” Geelani said in an exclusive interview with CNS. Geelani said his faction of Hurriyat Conference is against killing of innocent people. “But we don’t have any control over militant outfits. In addition, we cannot blame militants for everything. There are many agents working in the state for the dirty interests of various agencies and we should not forget the Ikwanis who killed thousands of innocents,' he said. Geelani further alleged that the image of police has become a tainted one. “Some of them even ask for the bribe for releasing the youth. Police has been seen trying to show themselves as more loyal to India than the Army and other paramilitary forces. They should realize that they are part and parcel of this society so they should change their attitude”. Reiterating his appeal for election boycott, he said that People should understand the demerits of their participation in elections. When asked whether his boycott appeal would convince people to refrain from exercising the right to vote, he said, “The job of leadership is to guide the people and issue the right directions. It is the duty of people to follow the leadership to achieve the desired goals. People should understand that their vote may change mainstream political party in power but all political parties are agents of the government of India”.“People should remember that in 2008 they raised the slogans in support of Azadi but when elections were held they shouted slogans for bijli, sadak and pani, forgetting the Kashmir cause. People should understand that when they vote they vote in support of Indian democracy.” Geelani told CNS. When asked whether the boycott calls favour a particular political dispensation, he said, “It is irrelevant whether election boycott helps NC or any other party but the most important thing is to send out the message that we reject the ‘illegal occupation’ of India in State”, adding, “People should understand that by exercising right to vote in elections, they are making chains of slavery more stronger as casting vote deems acceptance of Indian democracy”. Terming the AFSPA revocation slogan by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah as a mere eyewash, the octogenarian leader said: “He (Omar) is making noise about revocation of AFSPA which is within the jurisdiction of New Delhi. If he is sincere in his efforts to revoke draconian laws let him revoke Public Safety Act (PSA) first which is within the jurisdiction of State. This all is a political gimmick to befool people and nothing else.” He alleged that they (NC) are the people who sold state resources to the Indian government and that it was the Sheikh Mohamed Abdullah who sold 896 kanal landat Bijbehara to Indian army. Rejecting the holding of dialogue with New Delhi before federal government accepts Hurriyat’s pre conditions, he said, “We have made it very clear that we are ready to hold dialogue with Delhi after it accepts our four points including accepting Kashmir as dispute, demilitarization, repeal of draconian laws and release of detainees”. Hitting at the autonomy slogan of the National Conference, the octogenarian leader said, “Those who are making hollow slogans about self rule and sovereignty are responsible for selling out the natural resources outside the state”. While replying to a query, he reiterated the demand that Amaranth Yatra should be controlled by local Pandits rather than Shrine Board. Speaking about his house arrest, Hurriyat leader said, “They (Government) have received directions from the Home Ministry of India to make my movement confined to four walls. I don’t have faith on Indian judiciary as they also receive directions from the federal government about commissions and omission they have to follow. Reacting to the statement of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah wherein he had said that Geelani’s liberty is a threat to the law and order, Geelani called the statements as lame excuses. Lashing out at state administration, Geelani said the Omar Abdullah led National Conference - Congress regime is afraid of Hurriyat.