Valley Separatists Term Move To Close UNMOGIP Office In Delhi Unrealistic

11 July 2014
The Tribune (Chandigarh)
Ishfaq Tantry

Srinagar: Separatists in Kashmir have criticised New Delhi for its move to close down the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) office in India. While Hurriyat leaders Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq have termed the move as unrealistic and contrary to the ground realities, the Kashmir Bar Association has called for implementing the pending UN resolutions over Kashmir. In a tough stance against a mission that Indian had long opposed, the Union Government has asked the United Nations military observer group on Kashmir to vacate a government-provided bungalow in New Delhi. 'The decision of the Government of India is unrealistic and contrary to the ground realities,' the Moderate Hurriyat said in a statement issued at the end of its executive council meeting here today, which was chaired by its chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq. 'During the meeting, it was stated that the GOI should accept that Kashmir is a disputed state and political courage is needed to resolve it,' it said, adding that the UN resolutions on Kashmir was a stark reality. 'Apart from Pakistan, India too has pledged at the international forum to implement those resolutions in letter and spirit,' the Hurriyat said. The Geelani-led hardline termed the government order as ridiculous action of the BJP-led NDA government, saying that these types of actions could neither change the 'status' of Kashmir issue, nor could be this long-pending issue solved this way. It said, 'India itself took this dispute to the UNO that has passed 18 resolutions on Kashmir to which both India and Pakistan are signatory.' 'We strongly criticise and oppose the move of closing down the UNMOGIP office in India and call upon the United Nations to enforce the UN Resolutions of August 13, 1948, in letter and spirit,' the Kashmir High Court Bar Association said here in a statement, while claiming that New Delhi has 'no power or authority' to sideline any of the clauses of the said resolution 'unilaterally or otherwise.'