Kashmiris Can Accept Alternate Solutions: Geelani
26 July 2003
News Network International
Srinagar: Hardline Jamaat-e-Islami leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani said Kashmiris will accept any alternate solution that New Delhi may suggest provided it reflects the aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. Geelani was addressing a public rally at Tral. He said the bottom line for Kashmir solution was United Nations resolution, but if New Delhi suggests an alternative solution that is acceptable, Kashmiri people may consider it, Kashmir Times reported. Hardline leader also said that though they are against the division of state of Jammu & Kashmir, yet they would not compel the people of Jammu and Ladakh to remain with them. Geelani said that resolution of Kashmir issue is must for peace and said the country's leadership in 1947 took a wrong decision that has transformed into a big problem. He referred to late Sheikh Mohommad Abdullah and said he too had felt that his decision to side with New Delhi was wrong. Geelani noted that had he not taken the wrong decision, things would have been different today. Meanwhile, former APHC chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said that Pakistani leaders Moulana Fazlur Rehman and others have assured that they would try their best to find the peaceful and lasting solution to Kashmir issue. Addressing a public gathering where he informed the people about his recent Delhi visit. He said Kashmir is once again in international focus and people all over the world are now feeling that the resolution of this issue is paramount to peace and stability in the region. He urged the Kashmiri leadership to step in and play a role so that issue is solved for posterity.