No Kashmir Solution Within Indian Constitution: Geelani
7 August 2003
News Network International
Srinagar: Former All Parties Hurriyat Chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani has said that a resolution to the Kashmir issue within the Indian constitution will not be acceptable to the people of the state. He reiterated that self-determination or tripartite talks were the only ways to resolve the vexed problem, daily Excelsior reported. 'People of all the regions of the state, including Azad Kashmir, Jammu, Ladakh and Kashmir valley should be allowed to decide their future,' Geelani said. 'We will accept the verdict of the majority even if it goes in favour of India ... Let everyone participate in refrendum to choose the country they want to live with,' he said. However, he said, they were ready to consider any other alternative proposed by India which would help to find a lasting solution to this issue. Geelani, who represents Jamaat-e-Islami in the 24 party conglomerates, said the Hurriyat wanted to ensure implementation of the United Nations (UN) resolutions on Kashmir. On the recent disagreement within the Hurriyat on third party intervention, Geelani said the amalgam Constitution clearly said the Kashmir issue has to be resolved through UN resolutions. However, he said, in 1995 the word 'tripartite talks ' were incorporated in the Hurriyat constitution. The demand for tripartite talks was within the constitution of the APHC, he said adding a friendly country had to be involved for a durable and lasting settlement of the issue. Geelani said India and Pakistan had fought three wars and also signed several bilateral agreements in the past without making any headway on Kashmir. About the recent thaw in Indo-Pak relations, he said it had not brought about any relief for the people of Jammu and Kashmir so far. 'Custodial killings and other atrocities are being committed, innocent people are being implicated in false cases,' he alleged adding that resuming the bus service did not mean much for family members of those killed in custody or put in jails for years. Geelani averred that the people of Kashmir would continue their struggle till their goal was achieved. 'We will not allow anybody to compromise with the sacrifices made by our martyrs,' he declared. 'Whether any country supports us or not, we will continue our march towards the goal.' Asked about his boycott of the Hurriyat's Executive Council meetings, he said, 'I will continue to remain absent from the meetings till action is taken against the People's Conference (PC) for fielding proxy candidates in the Assembly elections.' He said the PC had participated in the Assembly elections in the state and had to be punished for that. In protest, Geelani had not participated in the recent Hurriyat election in which Maulana Abbas Ansari was elected as the new leader of the amalgam. However, Ansari, after taking over as Chairman, gave a clean chit to the PC saying it did not participate in the elections. The PC also denied having participated in the elections and alleged that Geelani was possibly involved in the killing of Abdul Gani Lone, the founder chairman of the PC.