March 2016 News

Hammond's Statement Irrational, Unreasonable: Geelani

9 March 2016
Rising Kashmir

Srinagar: Terming the statement of British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond as irrational and unreasonable, Chairman Hurriyat (G) Syed Ali Geelani Wednesday said Kashmir dispute is the basic and real issue between the two countries and ignoring it had neither helped in the past and nor can we expect anything concrete in future. Geelani was reacting to Hammond's statement that 'Resolution of Kashmir shouldn't be pre-condition for the Indo-Pak dialogue'. He said the British government had played a key role in the creation of Kashmir dispute and the fresh statement of its Foreign Secretary also reflects that they want to keep this issue burning so that India and Pakistan will always remain entangled with each other. Geelani appealed the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistan Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif to show political maturity and pledge for the permanent and lasting resolution of long pending Kashmir dispute. Meanwhile Chairman of Democratic Freedom Party (DFP), Shabir Ahmad Shah has termed it 'unrealistic' saying, it is Britain who is responsible for the disputed nature of Jammu and Kashmir. In a statement from jail, Shah said Hammond's remarks either reveal his lack of knowledge on the issue or he has deliberately made such comments to 'sideline a well-established fact'.