March 2007 News

Don't Look For Timeframe, It's A Long Haul To Freedom: Salahuddin

21 March 2007
The Indian Express

Srinagar: United Jihad Council chairman and Hizbul Mujahideen leader Syed Salahuddin today called upon the separatist leadership in Kashmir to ready themselves for a long haul for Kashmir's freedom rather than look for immediate 'cosmetic solutions'. 'The struggle for Kashmir resolution should not follow a timeframe. It may take many generations and we should be prepared for it,' Salahuddin said, adding the 'Indian freedom struggle' also continued for a century before being realised. 'It is high time that all the pro-freedom outfits come together and speed up the statewide militant struggle'. Salahuddin's call for a renewed militant campaign has come at a time when the Congress-led coalition government is roiled by the People's Democratic Party's demand for demilitarisation in the Valley. The Hizbul leader has expressed strong disappointment over the 'continuing futile dialogue' between India and Pakistan. 'Though Pakistan has exhibited a high degree of flexibility, India's response has been disappointing. Except for some cosmetic confidence building measures, there has been virtually no credible movement on the resolution of the larger Kashmir dispute,' Salahuddin said. He has also cautioned the Pakistan Government against further concessions on Kashmir, saying that doing so had already detracted from its basic claim over Kashmir. Geelani admitted to Tata Cancer Hospital New Delhi. After a delay in being granted a visa to travel to the US for treatment, ailing hardline Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani was on Wednesday admitted to Mumbai's Tata Memorial Cancer Hospital following deterioration of his health.'Geelani had to be admitted to the Mumbai hospital in emergency condition as the US was only questioning rather than giving any firm reply as to when the visa could be given,' his family said. Geelani and his son had applied for US visas earlier this week for his treatment there.


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