August 2003 News

Indo-Pak Bilateral Agreement Can't Bring Permanent Peace In Kashmir: Geelani

12 August 2003
News Network International

Srinagar: Former Chairman All Parties Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Shah Geelani has vowed to continue to talk to the people of Jammu and Kashmir and will reach every nook and corner of the State so that people could rise against any possible sellout between the Kashmiri leadership and New Delhi. In an interview, he said Jamaat-e-Islami is one of the premier politico-religious organizations of Jammu and Kashmir. Its contributions to the society of Kashmir cannot be ignored. The Shoora recently chose a new Amir-e-Jamaat. The new Amir- e-Jamaat has no political ambitions. He is a man who is inclined to run the Jamaat-e-Islami according to its constitution. It is a welcome change through election. Jamaat-e-Islami has lot of responsibilities as an organization in Jammu and Kashmir. I am hopeful that this organization will play its role according to the wishes of the Muslims of Jammu and Kashmir. He was asked to comment whether Jammat will leave APHC, Gellani said such decisions are taken by the Shoora of Jamaat-e-Islami. It will meet soon and will deliberate upon this issue also. 'My opinion is that APHC has lost its relevance. It no longer represents the blood and sacrifices of the Kashmiri people.' They are showing desperation. If Jamaat continues in APHC it will not serve any purpose to the ongoing movement. He said Jamaat-e-Islami is an old and mature organization. He has made an appeal and if they decide not to pay any heed to it, I will make my own efforts to save the sacrifices of the people of Jammu and Kashmir for right to self-determination. Two years back he had applied for retirement from Jamaat-e-Islami and the application was rejected. I may apply again for retirement. If Jamaat-e-Islami decides to remain in APHC, I will have to chalk out my own political programme. About his political programme, the former APHC chief said it all depends upon the decision of Jamaat-e-Islami. If they don't agree to his requests, he will build a single political organization as the 'forum' politics cannot run in Jammu and Kashmir. He said his efforts would be to bring under one umbrella, all those sincere people, who are not ready to sell the sacrifices of the Kashmiri Muslims. All such elements and activists would be roped into my new political organization. I will not take any hasty decision. If the need arises, I will go alone in the political field of Kashmir. To a question, he said he is not bothered, whether his colleagues will walk with him on this difficult path or not. He will continue to talk to the people of Jammu and Kashmir and will reach every nook and corner of the State so that people rise against any possible sellout between the Kashmiri leadership and New Delhi. About the power deal, Geelani said the way APHC leadership has behaved in the past one year, it is clear that they are tired and confused. On one hand, they have a clear understanding with New Delhi and on the other hand they cry about the Azadi of Kashmir. Some of them are in the State Assembly and the same time they are also representatives of the blood and sacrifices of the Kashmiri people. Such duplicity cannot be tolerated. People of Jammu and Kashmir would be told in clear terms that APHC is ready for a sellout on the Kashmir dispute. Whatever the compulsions of New Delhi and Islamabad, the sacrifices of Kashmiri people cannot be ignored. They have to grant right to self-determination to the people of Jammu and Kashmir. If New Delhi is not ready for such exercise they should provide the alternative. Regarding the Government of Pakistan and Moulana Fazl-ur-Rehman to support APHC in their present round of talks, he said the people of Pakistan are with our struggle. They support our struggle for right to self-determination. If Government of Pakistan has its priorities and even if people like Moulana Fazl-ur-Rehman, talk about bilateral agreement on Kashmir, it cannot change the realities. The reality is that no bilateral agreement has been able to bring permanent peace in Jammu and Kashmir. Neither Shimla Agreement, nor the Beigh- Parthsarathy Accord could bring permanent peace in Jammu and Kashmir. It is the responsibility of the leadership not to commit any such mistake which was committed in 1975 by a power deal by late Sheikh Abdullah. A generation suffered because of that mistake. APHC should understand that any such political misadventure could push Kashmir to the brink of another disaster. Indian Government must understand that they cannot bring peace by mobilizing their intelligence agencies, or by buying the separatist leaders. Permanent peace can only return if people of Jammu and Kashmir are given their right to the self-determination. Regarding public support to his campaign, he said in the recent past wherever he met the public, its response was healthy. People gather around him and he tell them that participation in the last elections cannot be counted as a crime. But I tell in public gatherings that in the future, the common people should not repeat such mistakes. The former APHC Chairman said he knows how they were forced to vote by different political lobbies with support from many quarters. Overall, the people of Jammu and Kashmir are with the struggle and they support the struggle for right to self-determination. He said he is convinced that he will carry on the present movement to its logical conclusion with the grace of God. Neither death nor jail can stop his march for the right to self-determination. He is not a person who can be cowed down by any pressure from any quarter. Even if we are left alone, we will carry on the struggle forward. About the signature campaign of JKLF, Ali Geelani said JKLF initially supported all my arguments regarding Peoples' Conference and about the political behaviour of APHC. But after the new Chairman was elected, they supported him. Similarly JKLF opposed talks with Kashmir Committee, but talks are continuing and JKLF still continues to be the part of APHC. So far as signature campaign is concerned, it has no significance. JKLF has a hidden agenda for their own political survival in this signature campaign. They came to me also for the signature and I told them that I will not sign it.


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