‘Taliban Should Stabilize Afghanistan’, Geelani

‘Taliban Should Stabilize Afghanistan’, Geelani

29 October 2013
Greater Kashmir


Srinagar: Stating that Taliban should work for the stabilization of their country after the NATO exit from Afghanistan, Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani Tuesday said that Kashmir would need diplomatic support of a Taliban-led Afghanistan government in future. Talking to Kashmir News Service (KNS), Geelani said that Taliban-led government in Afghanistan must support Kashmir’s right to self-determination in the future. “We want them to support us diplomatically on the international level, they should raise their concerns for Kashmir after they become successful in forming government in Afghanistan.” When asked about the reports that Taliban fighters can make Kashmir their next battleground after the NATO forces leave Afghanistan, Geelani said, “For now it is enough for us to expect from them to support us diplomatically in future. I cannot comment over the issue, I can only say that Taliban should stabilize their own land.” Commenting on China’s and US intervention in Kashmir Issue, Geelani said that such interventions cannot be permitted by the pro-freedom leadership of Kashmir until the countries asking for intervention support Right to Self-determination for the resolution of Kashmir dispute. Refuting the accusations leveled by Muhammad Afzal Guru’s brother that Hurriyat leadership has failed to pursue the case about Guru’s mortal remains, Geelani claimed that the issue is being raised at every platform and Hurriyat is pursuing the case thoroughly. “Everyone has his personal opinion, we cannot dictate terms to anyone. If Afzal’s brother feels that we have failed, it is his opinion,” said Geelani adding, “India is behaving like an autocrat and not even bothering to give us remains of Maqbool Bhat and Afzal Guru.” Geelani further mentioned that Hurriyat (G) has already called for boycott of coming polls and that it is determined not to accept any solution to the Kashmir dispute accept right to self-determination. When asked about poll boycott campaign, Geelani said they would start it at an appropriate time.