Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Accuses Pak Of Infidelity To Kashmiris
24 March 2005
The Times of India
Srinagar: Syed Ali Shah Geelani led Tehreek-e-Hurriyat today said Pakistan has fallen in the trap of India by relegating the aspirations of Kashmiris to the backburner and said it's decision to stress on secondary issues smacks of infidelity. Senior Hurriyat leader and Tehreek general secretary Mohammad Ashraf Sahrai, while reacting to the statement of foreign minister Natwar Singh, said New Delhi is taking such measures that secure its interest. Foreign minister, he said, has issued a statement in the parliament in which he declared Pakistan Administered Kashmir as an integral part of India. 'We have already expressed our skepticism to measures taken by India. By adopting agressive tactics, India on one hand is hoodwinking the international community and on the other taking every such step to achieve its goal and secure its interest', Sahrai said. Tehreek leader said the proposal to open Srinagar Muzaffarabad road was followed by hasty measures and this vindicate his stand. 'The statement of Mr Natwar Singh illustrates that India is pursuing its hegemonic agenda', he said. Sahrai criticised Pakistan for 'falling in the trap' of New Delhi. 'Pakistan has conceded to be a partner to a flop show about the opening of Srinagar Muzaffarabad road for uniting a few hundred divided families and for this reason it has relegated the aspirations of people to the backburner', he said. Stressing on the centrality of Kashmir issue, he said, if other issues are picked up people will view it with suspicion. 'We treat it as infidelity to our cause. Cricket diplomacy, cultural exchanges and peace march is an outward show and people here treat it as pro American and pro West stance', he said. Senior Hurriyat leader urged Pakistan to rectify its stand. ' Pakistan should be farsighted and should not look for immediate gains. Sahrai also called upon 'some quarters' in Kashmir to look into the issue of opening Muzaffarabad road in the backdrop of the statement of Natwar Singh. 'They should re-consider their stand on this issue and work to remove confusion created by it. We should not pursue the Indian propaganda and western explanations and should instead pursue a peaceful political movement', he said.