Read Kashmir History, Separatists Tell Modi

Read Kashmir History, Separatists Tell Modi

1 December 2013
Greater Kashmir
Shabir Ibn Yusuf

Srinagar: Hitting out at the BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi over his remarks that separatism has done no good to Kashmir and has only benefited a few people, the pro-freedom leaders in Kashmir Sunday said Modi was ignorant about the history of Jammu and Kashmir. They advised him to “do some reading on the Kashmir issue which is an internationally accepted dispute.” With Modi remarking that separatism has benefited only 50 families, separatists took an exception to this and reiterated that Kashmiri people should be given the option of exercising the right to self-determination. “He (Modi) should go through history. Kashmir is an internationally accepted dispute,” the Hurriyat Conference (M) Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq told Greater Kashmir. He said that a referendum should be held and “India will get to know what Kashmiris want.’’ “We were promised right to self determination by the UN and Modi should apprise himself about this,” the Mirwaiz said. He said “India suppressed the people of Kashmir through its military might from last 65 years and referendum will make clear what the aspirations of the people Jammu and Kashmir are.’’ The Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik said Modi should learn from history. “He has an agenda of polarization. Governor, Girish Chander Saxena, had come with the similar agenda to divide the people of the state on communal lines,” Malik said, adding that “freedom-loving people of J&K will not allow them to succeed in their designs.” The Hurriyat Conference (G) spokesman, Ayaz Akber said that Kashmir is an internationally accepted dispute and the United Nations has passed 13 resolutions acknowledging the disputed nature of the Kashmir problem. “Article 370 is no issue for us. We want right to self determination and peoples’ verdict would be accepted by one and all,” Akber said, adding that Modi’s approach is “unrealistic like that of any other Indian.’’ Chairman National Front Nayeem Ahmad Khan said there is nothing to hide about Kashmir. “We were promised referendum by UN and Modi should have known this fact,” Khan said, adding distorting the facts would not prove to be any help to India's political leadership. He said restoration of autonomy to Kashmir is a non-issue for them. Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM) chairperson, Syeda Aasiya Andrabi said there is nothing to debate other than right to self determination. “We have been given the right by UN and five lakh people have given their lives for this,” she said, adding that history is witness and Modi should go through it. Chairman Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) Shabir Ahmad Shah termed Modi’s approach as totally unrealistic. “History is there. Article 370 is no issue and right to self determination is the only issue to be debated,” he said.