July 2005 News

Hurriyat-G For Internal Autonomy

7 July 2005
The Daily Excelsior

Srinagar: The breakaway Hurriyat Conference, led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani, today said the people of Jammu and Kashmir will demand internal autonomy even if the plebiscite goes in favour of Pakistan. However, it said if the referendum was in India's favour, the people will accept the decision as the internal autonomy for the State. 'If the result of the plebiscite goes in India's favour, we will accept it as the internal autonomy...And if it favours merger with Pakistan, we will demand internal autonomy for the State,' a Hurriyat spokesman said in a statement here. At an extra-ordinary meeting of Majlis-e-Shoura, the highest-decision making body of the hardline faction of the amalgam, it was decided that all the constituents will abide by the Hurriyat constitution. The constitution of the Geelani-led Hurriyat Conference calls for resolving the vexed Kashmir issue in accordance with United Nations resolutions only. 'To maintain communal harmony and the geographical status of Jammu and Kashmir, the implementation of the UN resolutions are the only option,' the Hurriyat spokesman said. He said a tripartite dialogue between India, Pakistan and the people of Jammu and Kashmir was only possible if New Delhi accepts the State as a 'disputed territory' and the people a primary party to the issue. The spokesman said self- rule or converting the Line of Control into a permanent border as an alternate solution will never be acceptable to the people of Jammu and Kashmir.


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