October 2006 News

Geelani Disowns Musharraf's Kashmir Ideas

27 October 2006
The Nation

London: Huriyat Conference Chairman Syed Ali Geelani has said that Kashmir problem has come to prominence in the world by virtue of the sacrifices offered by Kashmiri people. Kashmiris have the sole right to decide their future; India and Pakistan cannot thrust any unreal verdict on them. He said this in a telephonic conversation with Mohammad Ghalib, President Tehrik-e-Kashmir UK. He said that proposals like self-governance and joint control of Kashmir were more in India's favour and amounted to open invitation to Indian forces to enter A.K. Such proposals, he said, could be President Musharraf's personal opinion, but in no way the stand of Pakistani nation. Moreover, these proposals do not provide a long-lasting solution of the problem. He said that Kashmiri people's struggle for self-determination as laid down in the international agreements was going on and they didn't look weary of it. 'They are not committed to any such deal between India and Pakistan which may drive Kashmir issue to the corner for the sake of betterment of their (India, Pakistan's) bilateral relations. Kashmiris have been struggling for the last 60 years and they would keep it on,' he said. He also said that Pakistan government, if it finds itself unable to help or support Kashmiris, shouldn't at least become a part-taker in any type of bargain. He said that any solution contrary to the wishes of Kashmiris, would be harmful to integrity and solidarity of Pakistan while India would fully benefit from it. He declared that President Musharraf's proposals and formulae were valueless for Kashmiris.


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