Kashmiris cannot trust those who damaged Kashmiri movement: Gelani
14 July 2004
News Network International
London: Syed Ali Gelani, Chairman of the All Parties Hurriyet Conference has said that Kashmiri people cannot trust those leaders who have damaged the Kashmiri movement. 'Kashmiri people have sacrificed nearly a hundred thousand lives in their freedom struggle and this movement cannot be left to these leaders at this crucial stage.' Mr Geelani made the statement during the course of conversation with Mr Mohammed Ghalib, President of Tehreek-e-Kashmir (UK). HC Chairman said 'We wish to see the Hurriyet Conference strong, and its doors are open for those who sincerely believe in the movement and accept the fact that the Kashmir issue is not a border dispute between India and Pakistan. Neither Kashmir is India's internal part nor a bilateral issue.' Mr Gelani said 'We are not against the dialogue between India and Pakistan. But since Kashmiris are the real party in the issue, they have to be included in the dialogue at a later stage. He rejected the dialogue between Sirinagr and Delhi which tended to present the issue as India's internal affair. And he added 'I make it very clear to those who wish to join the Hurriyet Conference that Kashmir is not integral part of India.' He said, false statements calculated to spread confusion 'that I am going to step down as chairman of the Hurriyet'. He said ' those who are serious about the cause have to accept my leadership and work according to the wishes of the people, and as such they are welcome in the Hurriyet Conference. Mr Ghalib assured Mr Geelani that Kashmiris working at international level for the Kashmir cause have full confidence in Mr Geelani's leadership and wish to fully co- operate with him because of his stand on the issue. And they believe that 'you are not going to compromise on the sacrifices of the Kashmiri peoples'.