Geelani Rejects Farooq’s Counsel

7 November 2009
Greater Kashmir
Danish Nabi

Srinagar: Reacting to the NC president Dr Farooq Abdullah’s suggestion on talks with Delhi, Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani Saturday held him (Dr Farooq) responsible for ‘ruining’ Kashmir. “People who have ruined us are asking me to have mercy on the nation. They are the people who have been criminalizing the nation since 1947. They liberated Kashmir from Maharaja’s rule and threw it into India’s lap,” Geelani told a seminar organized by Muslim league here today. “I want to tell these people that mercy is not justifying Indian rule in Kashmir or participation in farce dialogue. Mercy is to lead the nation towards right path and I am doing exactly that. I curse this faithless government and I will never follow it,” he said. Geelani said, NC founder who was responsible for the plight of Kashmiris. “Our agonies and tragedies came to us in the form of Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah and I mingle no words in saying that. He took a wrong decision and we are bearing its brunt. I even told this to Sheikh Abdullah once in the assembly,” he said. Without naming anyone, Geelani advised the pro-freedom leaders not to participate in the dialogue. “They say it will be a tripartite dialogue and their demand will be right to self determination. But they shall remember result of their previous two rounds of negotiations with Delhi.” Referring to the recent incident of alleged sodomy of three minors by police, he said, “The three boys were stripped in the police station and then asked to sodomize each other. How can someone enter dialogue in such a situation?” Geelani, however, said the total demilitarisation of Kashmir was test of New Delhi’s sincerity towards resolution of Kashmir issue amidst repeated statements of dialogue with separatists. “Some union minister has said they don’t want this issue to pass to the third generation. It will be possible only if they demilitarise Kashmir, otherwise we will pass the issue to our successors, come what may.” He asked people to remain steadfast towards the ongoing movement. “We don’t have to surrender even if we may not succeed in liberating the nation for now.” He said stable Pakistan was in favour of the whole Muslim world and the attacks on the people by aggressors were ‘anti-Islamic’. “They (aggressors) are trying to wreck stability and sovereignty in Pakistan. It is condemnable,” he said, adding, “Friendly relations between India and Pakistan are important for stability but it is not possible without resolution of Kashmir issue.” Geelani paid rich tributes to the Jammu martyrs of 1947 and appealed people not to forget the sacrifices. Asiya terms Mirwaiz statement ‘joke of the year’ Speaking at the seminar, the chairman Dukhtarn-e-Milat, Asiya Andrabi, said the statement by chairman Hurriyat (M), Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, that participation in dialogue would not breach last year’s agreement was ‘joke of the year.’ “It is the biggest joke of the year from Mirwaiz. The participation in dialogue is a sheer violation of the agreement reached out between leaders of the conglomerate last year. We shall remain away from dialogue,” she said and added that Bilal Gani Lone and Fazlul Haq Qureshi, who are masters in motivating people for surrender, were sent to convince Geelani sahib to change his stand, but couldn’t succeed. The president high court bar association, Mian Abdul Qayoom said the Kashmir issue could never be solved through dialogue as New Delhi was insincere in its efforts. “Several negotiations in the past have proven utter failure. Even negotiations between Geelani Sahab and New Delhi could not yield any result.” He said the statements from New Delhi about dialogue with separatists were just an attempt to exploit the situation in Pakistan. “India knows Pakistan is weak this time so they are making hoax calls of dialogue over the Kashmir issue,” he added.